A team of India's Jog Engineering and the local Union Engineeringhas been awarded the contract to build the first phase of Ras al-Khaimah's central sewage system. Worth AED 103 million ($28 million), the three-year contract calls for the installation of 450-kilometres of sewer lines connecting the residential and commercial areas in Nakheel to the city. It also involves the construction of foul drainage systems, associated pumping stations to serve existing and proposed plots and related civil, mechanical and electrical works.
Two other contracts of similar scope are planned on the estimated AED 300 million ($81 million). The second phase tender covering Al Maamourah and Julfar, is due to be issued for bid in six months while the final phase, focusing on Khuzzam and Al Daith, will be released for tender in the third quarter of 2005. The new sewage system will add 40,000 cubic metres a day (cm/d) of new treatment capacity. The consultant on the Ras al-Khaimah Sewerage Authority project is the UK's Halcrow Group. Commercial International Bank has extended a loan to finance the project (MEED 22:2:04).