The Palestinian Water Authority (PWA) has issued prequalification notices for both the consultancy and construction contracts on the north Gaza wastewater treatment plant. The deadline for both applications is 23 August and invitation to bid (ITB) documents for the construction supervision contract are due out at the end of that month. It is expected that ITBs to build the 35,000-cubic-metre-a-day (cm/d) modular treatment plant near Beit Lahiya will be released in early October.
Fifteen companies have expressed an interest in the $32 million-34 million project, which is co-financed by the World Bank, the Caisse Francaise de Developpement and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). Construction is due to begin in May 2006. The plant is the second part of the north Gaza emergency sewage and Treatment Project. The PWA has also received prequalification applications to design and build the Gaza central wastewater treatment plant and is expected to announce a shortlist in August. First, the Palestinian Authority must agree compensation for people currently using land near El-Bureij where the plant will be located. The estimated Eur 70 million ($85.2 million) project involves the construction of a 115,000-cm/d wastewater treatment plant and a 135,000-cm/d pumping station, to be tendered among international contractors, and a 3.7-kilometre iron pressure main line and a 5.4-kilometre gravity pipeline to connect the pumping station to the treatment plant, which will be tendered among local companies. Germany's Dorsch Consultis the consultant (MEED 24:9:04).