Water projects move ahead

15 October 2001

Two major water supply schemes, both financed by the Jeddah-based Islamic Development Bank (IDB), are moving ahead. The main contract for the Jeghin dam, near Bandar Abbas, has been awarded, and bids are due to be invited for a scheme to supply water to Qeshm island (MEED 17:8:01).

The local Jyane Constructionhas been awarded the Jeghin dam contract, valued at $25.8 million. The award follows the approval of the contractor by the IDB. The client on the scheme is the local Hormozgan Regional Water Company.

The Jeghin rolled compacted concrete dam and irrigation network scheme is split into two packages estimated to be worth $55 million-$75 million in total. Jyane will carry out the construction of the 78-metre high dam, which will be located east of Bandar Abbas on the Jeghin river. The irrigation network package will be tendered separately. The consultant on the scheme is the local Mahab Qods Consulting Engineers.

Mahab Qods is also working on the estimated $84.5 million Qeshm island water supply scheme, which will supply water to Qeshm island and Bandar Abbas, the country's main port in the Hormuz Strait. The water is to be transported via a 78-kilometre pipeline from the Minab dam to Bandar Abbas, with another 10-kilometre subsea line from Bandar Abbas pumping water to Qeshm.

The Qeshm island project is being tendered in three packages. The first includes the supply, transport and delivery of water transmission onshore pipelines. A contractor has been selected for the works but the IDB will need to approve the choice before an award can be made, the consultant says.

The second package entails the design, supply and installation of a subsea pipeline. Mahab Qods says it has prequalified companies for this contract and is waiting for the IDB to approve the shortlist. The consultant is also awaiting IDB approval of prequalified companies for the third package. Works comprise the supply, construction and installation of a water supply complementary system, including several water-pumping stations.

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