Canada's SNC Lavalin is the low bidder on the Agence Nationale des Barrages contract to build drinking water and industrial supply networks from the Tichi Haf dam. Four commercial bids were opened at the end of November following the long-delayed submission of technical bids in October.
SNC's bid, worth $159 million, was about 10 per cent lower than that of its nearest rival, a consortium of Italy's Astaldiwith the local ERTHB Haddad. France's Vinci, with Societe National de Genie Civil & Batiment ( GCB), the wholly owned subsidiary of state energy company Sonatrach, was close behind. A consortium of Turkey's Mapa, Heitkamp of Germany and the local Kou was the other bidder. The contract involves the construction of a pipeline between the 80 million-cubic-metre-capacity Tichi Haf dam and Bejaia, about 200 kilometres east of Algiers, with intermediate distribution points every 10 kilometres. Bids have been submitted as a combination of euros and Algerian dinars, using an exchange rate of Eur 1=AD 89. The successful bidder is expected to be announced in early 2005, with construction due to begin in the second quarter. A consortium led by Turkey's Eser, along with Heitkamp and Kou, was in September awarded the $120 million contract for work on the Mostaganem-Arzew-Oran (MAO) dam project. Invitations to bid have also been launched for two further contracts on the MAO project, involving the construction of a water pipeline and a water treatment plant.