The $38 million package calls for the construction of a 300,000-cubic-metre concrete reservoir, and the installation of associated pipelines varying in diameter from 150-1,800 millimetres.

Awards are expected to follow in the first quarter for the two other packages. Six international companies submitted last February bids for the contract to build three pumping stations with associated utilities. They are Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC)and Joannou & Paraskevaides (J&P – Overseas), both Athens-based, Germany’s MAN GHH, Turkey’s Metokand the local Al-Nahr Company (ANC).

ANC was the only bidder for the contract to build the scheme’s 200 kilometres of pipeline. The Jefara Water System Utilisation Authority will operate the system, which will be connected to the Hasouna-Jefara section of the great man-made river (MEED 14:12:01, Cover Story).