Bahrain to float tender for US$ 461.6 mn wastewater treatment plant

Posted on 28th June 2014

 Bahrain’s Ministry of Works plans to float a tender to build a US$ 461.6 million (BHD 175 million) wastewater treatment plant in the coming weeks with a capacity of 40 million litres per day.

 According to the Works Minister Essam Khalaf, the project, which is part of the country’s Northern Town development, currently under construction, will be built on reclaimed land off the coast of Budaiya.

 Bahrain is currently expanding its wastewater treatment capacity, with a 100 million litre per day facility unveiled on 25 June and a doubling of the Tubli Sewage Treatment Plant’s (STP) capacity also recently announced.

“The [Northern Town] project is in the design stage and in the coming weeks we will be calling for the tenders,” Khalaf reported to Gulf Daily News. “It will be part of the Northern Town housing scheme’s major infrastructure and will take care of the areas’ sewage requirements.” The minister added that in future, the Northern Town STP could eventually have its capacity expanded to deal with 60 million liters of waste.

The project is being funded by the Abu Dhabi government, which will be given power of approval over bids, according to Works Ministry sanitary engineering assistant under-secretary Khalifa Al Mansoor.  As we are aware the funds for the project are part of the GCC funds donated by Abu Dhabi, and hence a donor’s approval on the project is necessary prior to initiating the job,” he said.

Bahrain was given US$10 billion by its GCC neighbors to fund development to tide over the adverse impact of the “Arab Spring” protests in the country.

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