Qatar’s New Port Project (NPP) Steering Committee has invited firms to bid by 14 May for the fit-out contract for the Hamad Port’s medical centre building.

The scope of the fit-out work includes specialist floors, ceilings, mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) and medical services, laboratory and x-ray room equipment. It also includes furniture, fixtures and equipment as well as operating supplies and equipment.

The NPP Steering Committee is already evaluating several tenders.

These include a food storage facility as well as the contract to deepen the access channel serving the port. Bids for the fit-out work at various port buildings are also currently under evaluation.

According to the NPP website, these three contracts are expected to be awarded in the second quarter of 2017.

Other major work packages that belong to the $7bn port masterplan are understood to be on hold or delayed. These include the three major packages for the Qatar Emiri Naval Forces Base (QENFB), the first of which was due for award in 2015. The first package comprises the construction of 53 buildings and associated facilities; the second package comprises 98 buildings; and the last comprises 12 buildings, including sports and medical facilities for the state’s naval force.

Hamad Port began full operations in December last year. The old Doha Port was shut down in March.