UK team up for UAE sewage contract

The UK's Biwater-led consortium, which includes Kuwait's Mohammed Abdulmohsin Kharafi & Sons and Abu Dhabi-based Al Qudra Holding, has been named preferred bidder for an estimated US $544.7 million (AED2 billion) contract to build two sewage treatment plants in Abu Dhabi.

The UK's Biwater-led consortium, which includes Kuwait's Mohammed Abdulmohsin Kharafi & Sons and Abu Dhabi-based Al Qudra Holding, has been named preferred bidder for an estimated US $544.7 million (AED2 billion) contract to build two sewage treatment plants in Abu Dhabi.

The contract will be implemented on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis.

The Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company is overseeing the project.

"Detailed discussions will take place with the preferred bidder group of Biwater and partners over the next few weeks," Alan Thompson, managing director of Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company, told Construction Week.

France's Veolia and Singapore's Keppel Seghers were among the six groups of firms bidding for the deal, which also involves buying 40% of Abu Dhabi's sewerage sector in the first privatisation of its kind in the Gulf.

The preferred bidder will take the stake in a sewerage company that will be set up, with the rest held by Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority.

"We expect the process of technical, legal and financial clarifications to be completed by September this year, with work scheduled to start in October and commissioning of the plants to be done in March 2010," said Thompson.

A plant in Al Wathba will have a capacity of 300,000m3 per day while the other, in Al Saad, will generate 65,000m3 per day. Al Wathba will serve Abu Dhabi, while Al Saad will serve Al Ain.

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