The US Agency for International Development (USAID) is gearing up to invite US companies to prequalify for the construction of a major water pipeline in Gaza. The project aims to transport water from a northern area in the Gaza strip to the southern city of Rafah, located on the border with Egypt, through a pressurised water carrier.
USAID on 12 October issued a general procurement notice for the estimated $10 million project, calling for the provision of design and build services for an 85-kilometre water carrier, with diameters ranging between 250-1,000 millimetres. The scope of works also comprises setting up about 12 storage reservoir sites and about 10 booster pumping stations (see Tenders).
USAID says that prequalification bids will be invited on 30 January, with a contract award expected in the middle of next year.
Works on many projects in Gaza and the West Bank have been delayed in the last 12 months following Israel's closure of the Palestinian territories and the collapse of the peace process.