Chinese and South African companies have shown the biggest interest in NamWater’s multi-million construction of the Swakopmund Water Supply Scheme, of which the tenders closed on 23 July.
The Namibia Water Corporation’s tender attracted around 16 expressions of interest and the first tender refers to the construction of pipeline services roads and ancillary works for the Swakopmund South Water Supply scheme.
The majority companies in line for the job are of South African origin, while the locally-based Chinese civil contractors are also in the mix.
Apart from the two countries, Namibia also had its companies that are eyeing the tender, with Stefanuti Stocks Construction Namibia tendering for N$ 279,4 million and FLD Trading Entreprises with N 7,962,037.65 (sic). Landmark Projects Namibia and Nexus Civils are also part of the bidders with tenders of $ 238,8m and $ 244,3m respectively.
The South African companies interested in the tender include Escor Franki Construction who bid for N$231,3 million, Cerimele Construction N$294, 5m, Sinovac Mining Engineering which had N$294,3m and WBHO Construction for N$326,8m.
The bidders with higher amounts included WK Construction which put in a bid of N$354, 4 million, while Raubex went for N$453,6m.
The Chinese civil contractors are China State Construction & Engineering Corp Namibia with its proposed tender valued at $ 186,3m; China Jiangxi International Namibia at N$195,6m; China Gezhouba Group tender at the value of N$365,1m and Sinohydro Corporation Limited with N$234,5m.
Botswana’s Company Unik Construction Engineering Limited also joined the fray with N$ 222,6m.
According to the tender report, Namwater had a second tender searching for consultancy services for constructing emergency water supply preparedness and a response plan.
It had technical proposals announced for two consulting firms Lund Consulting Engineers and Water & Power Consultancy Services, which submitted twin envelope bids.