Prequalification applications are likely to be invited in February and March for four contracts in the Ankara sewerage project managed by the Ankara Water & Sewerage Administration (ASKI). This continues an extensive programme funded by the World Bank and other external agencies (MEED 28:1:94, page 11).

Applications will be invited in February to complete the first contract in the programme, awarded in 1990 but which a venture of two local firms failed to complete. In March, applications are expected to be invited for three sewerage and storm water drainage contracts, numbers eight, nine and 10 in the programme, valued at about $17 million each.

A total of about $120 million worth of civil works contracts is outstanding in the project, valued at about $17 million each. Smaller jobs remaining include digital mapping work, valued at about $7 million, maintenance equipment valued at about $1.5 million, and about $1 million worth of technical assistance and training.

The programme received the backing of a $173 million World Bank loan in May 1990. Its overall aims are to eliminate the discharge of untreated sewage into the Ankara river and its tributaries, extend and improve sewerage, and reduce flooding.