Prices opened for GCC grid

26 August 2005
Prices were opened in mid-August for four of the five packages on the GCC electricity grid project, following the submission of technical bids in early June. An award is expected by the client, the GCC Interconnection Authority, by the end of October. Canada's SNC Lavalinis the consultant (MEED 17:6:05).

Europe's ABBis the low bidder for all six substation contracts, covering 400-kV substations at Al-Zour in Kuwait, Al-Jasr in Bahrain, Fadhili and Ghunan in Saudi Arabia, Salwa on the Qatari/Saudi border and Doha South in Qatar. For the control centre package, ABB was again low bidder at $33.9 million, followed by France's Areva T&D at $35 million.

Prices were opened from Italy's Pirelliat $402 million and Japan's Marubeni Corporationat $462 million for the contract to install 200 kilometres of submarine cable between Ras al-Qurrayah in Saudi Arabia and Al-Jasr in Bahrain. However, the bids are understood to be substantially over budget and alternative options, principally an overhead line, are being considered.

The overhead lines package was tendered in four lots. Saudi Arabia's National Contracting Companyis understood to be the lowest bidder for at least two of the packages.

For the high-voltage direct current (HVDC) converter station package, prices were opened in June, with ABB low bidder at $189.9 million, followed by Areva at $219 million and Germany's Siemensat $235 million.

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