Bidders for the work are understood to include Electricite de France, Germany’s Fichtner, Ireland’s ESB International, the UK’s PB Power, Mott MacDonald, also of the UK, Yugoslavia’s Energoprojekt, and four regional consultants.

The project involves extending the existing high-voltage network, establishing a new distribution management system for the 11-kV network, and installing a new supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system for the water network.

The last major expansion of the transmission network was carried out in the late 1990s. A consortium headed by France’s Cogelexundertook the $860 million expansion, known then as phase 4 of the Doha transmission programme (MEED 8:12:95).