The state’s ongoing substation roll-out programme continued in September, with bids opened for two substation construction tenders, and an award made on a third.Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporationis low bidder at KD 9.958 million ($34.33 million) for a contract to supply and build four 132/11-kV substations at Saad al-Abdullah township. Mitsubishi’s low bid was just a fraction lower than the second lowest offer of KD 9.960 million ($34.34 million) submitted by Saudi Arabia’s National Contracting Company. Germany’s Siemensranked third on price at KD 10.2 million ($35.2 million). South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering & Construction Companyis the frontrunner for the second contract to build four 132/11-kV substations at Fintas and Salmiya after submitting a low bid of KD 12.8 million ($44 million). Formal awards on both contracts are expected by year-end (MEED 4:2:05). The local Al-Ahlia Contracting Grouphas been formally awarded a contract, worth KD 6.4 million ($22 million), to build two 132/11-kV substations at Al-Khiran Pearl City after submitting the lowest offer when bids were submitted in the spring. Six prequalified international contractors are also preparing to submit offers by 27 September for an estimated $90 million contract to supply and install a 300/132/11-kV substation at Qurain West, and expand the existing substation at Shuaiba West. The client on all the substation schemes is the Energy Ministry (MEED 5:8:05).