USD 176 million worth,Seventeen world companies compete for building an energy project [Archives:2004/769/Business & Economy]

September 2 2004

Mahyoub Al-Kamaly
Seventeen world companies offered their bids in competition for winning the implementation of a project for building transformation stations and power transfer lines from the Gas Power Station in Mareb to Sana'a. The project costs $176 million in which the Arab Fund for Development contributes with $ 100 million.
The project aims at increasing capacity of the power network and increasing the power produced from additional generating sources at Mareb Station, in addition to transfer lines and new transforming stations.
The project includes building 400-kilovolt power transfer lines and installation of a 200-km long double line for the transfer of power from Mareb to Sana'a. Technical studiers mention that the project would enable Yemen to move from the present 132-kolovolt system to the world 400-volt system to avoid the drop of power voltage and to safely transfer the great influx of energy across long distances exceeding 200 km.
The State Establishment for Electricity has completed all documents and statements demanded by the Arab fund for Economic and Social Development regarding the project of power connection between Yemen and Saudi Arabia.
The Establishment has agreed with the Saudi Electric Company on calling nine world companies qualified for entering in tender for preparing the project and updating the previous study between the two countries as the Yemeni contribution to the study project amounts to $ 399 thousand.
Yemen is waiting for results of a study carried out by a Djibouti consultative team on the project of connection between Yemen and Djibouti, expected to be concluded at the end of August 2004.
Power sources made it clear that that an American consultative company has already begun analyzing offers of the world companies for building a Gas-powered electric station in Mareb with a capacity of 300 MGW. The winner company in the bidding for the project would embark on its work at the beginning of next year and end building the project in 2006.