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New wastewater treatment plan underway in Bahrain
Dated: 02-09-2009

A study to establish a framework for restructuring Bahrain’s sanitary services is expected to be completed by the end of this year, according to the country’s Ministry of Works.

Khalifa Ebrahim Al Mansoor, the ministry’s assistant undersecretary, said that preparations to engage the private sector to upgrade and expand the Tubli Sewage Treatment Plant and the release of the Request for Proposal (RFP) are expected before the end of this year.

He was speaking at a pre-bid conference detailing the privatisation of the Muharraq Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) and Sewer Conveyance System Project at the Finance Ministry.

Al Mansoor said that there were plans for another treatment plant in Al Dair (the south-east of Bahrain), and the ministry is also considering building one in Zallaq (the south-west of the country) in eight to 10 years to meet the upcoming development needs.

He said: "The Tubli plant is not capable of treating all of the waste water, so the Muharraq plant will deal with the wastewater from Muharraq,” adding that, “the plant will have the capacity to treat all the wastewater and produce water good enough for landscaping. This will reduce water shortages in Bahrain."

The privatisation project to develop a greenfield sewage treatment plant and a sewer conveyance system in Muharraq will include designing, financing, constructing, commissioning, testing, owning, operating and maintaining the plant and sewer system; as well as associated facilities, network extension and modification works.

"With this project we are also introducing a new concept of waste water conveyance through the adoption of a deep gravity system, which we will expand on in upcoming projects. This approach will allow us to abandon a great number of existing pumping stations, reduce the operational problems that are currently faced and will give us a solution for the next 50 years."


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