16 October 2019
Iraq's Basra governorate is planning to appoint a new contractor for the stalled 400 billion Iraqi dinars ($335 million) Zubair Sewerage Project next month, a government official said.
Abbas Maher Taher Al-Saidi, Mayor of Al-Zubair district, told Thomson Reuters Projects that the much-delayed project has been redesigned to integrate sewerage, storm water drainage, electricity and water infrastructure.
Al-Saidi explained that the Ministry of Municipalities had awarded Iraqi contractor Iraqi Wahat Al-Janoob Company the first phase of the project in 2011. However, the contractor stopped work in 2012 and the project remained stalled till 2018, when work restarted. However, due to shoddy execution, the Ministry of Municipalities decided to withdraw the project and settle with the contractor.
He continued: "Under resolution 48 of 2019, provincial governors can directly invite contracting companies inside Iraq to participate in projects, so the Basra governor's office will tender the project."
(Reporting by Majda Muhsen; Editing by Anoop Menon)
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