The local Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu has invited companies to submit bids for the contract to build the Ras al-Zour highway in Jubail.

The commission has set a submission deadline of 29 March for the main construction package.

The work will involve the construction of the 30-kilometre highway with an interchange and bridge. The winning contractor will also build two ramp bridges over the railroad at the interchange, and construct a bridge over a proposed railway, which will be located to the east of the Saudi Aramco crossing.

The proposed Ras al-Zour highway will begin at the interface point of the Transport Ministry’s existing contract for the western section of the road and will extend for 30km to the main entrance to the Razmauner Mining Industrial City (Razmic).

The road project is one of a number of construction projects that the commission has tendered in the past year. In the fourth quarter of 2010, the commission signed contracts worth SR786m ($209.5m) for development and expansion projects in Jubail Industrial City. The projects include the construction of a road linking the industrial city with Ras al-Zour and academic buildings for Jubail Industrial College. The commission also signed a SR43.4m contract for the construction of a conference hall and administrative offices (MEED 4:11:10).