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Tenders for Bahrain’s US$1.6 billion Dilmunia Health Island were sent out for the first of four infrastructure development phases. The tender encompasses work relating to the island's highways, bridges, landscaping and its power, portable water, sewerage and drainage, and telecommunications networks.
Development manager Ithmaar Development Company (IDC) has invited a selection of pre-qualified local, regional and international contractors to tender for the contract from more than 30 contractors bidding to be pre-qualified for the job.
The successful contractor will be appointed during Q1 2012, and will be expected to fully launch its operations during Q2. Phase 1 infrastructure works will take approximately 24 months to complete, but will enable the completion of various sub-developments within the same timeframe, meaning that end-users can be handed the keys to their units by mid-2014.
Preliminary development, including dredging, reclamation and rock protection works, have already been completed.
"This first phase will include most of the work related to the island's highways, bridges, landscaping, as well as its power, portable water, sewerage and drainage, and telecommunications networks, which together add up to approximately 50% of the services of Dilmunia. It will be followed by a second package of works, expected to later in 2012, which will include the installation of the Grand Canal. Phases 2, 3 and 4 will see the completion of the Grand Canal and other infrastructure work for the remainder of the development," said Mohammed Khalil Alsayed, CEO and Board Member, IDC.