US firm lands $3.4bn plumb deal for Dubai super sewer

Dubai Municipality hands consultancy contract for 70km sewer tunnel to Parsons
US firm lands $3.4bn plumb deal for Dubai super sewer
By Staff writer
Mon 16 May 2016 12:18 PM

A 70-kilometre underground sewage system is to be built in Dubai, it was reported on Monday.

Dubai Municipality has awarded an AED12.5 billion ($3.4 billion) consultancy contract for the project to US-based Parsons Overseas, according to state news agency WAM.

The Dubai Strategic Sewerage project is being planned to replace more than 100 pump stations that currently transfer sewage from locations across the city to plants in Al Warsan and Jebel Ali.

The 90-metre-deep tunnel is to be supported by around 140 kilometres of link sewers and pumping stations.

It is expected to be completed in five years, but to cover the emirate’s expansion over the next 50 years.

WAM quoted Dubai Municipality director-general Hussain Nasser Lootah as saying there will be no disruption to residents during the construction phase. “We are using the micro tunnel technology and there will be no digging of roads,” he said. “Hence, there will be much less disruption.”

The brief to Parsons includes feasibility studies, initial preliminary design, tender preparation and support followed by project management of detailed design and construction phases.

“As per our cost analysis studies, we believe the project cost will be recovered in 20 years and we will make profit thereafter,” Lootah said. “We are investing as we want Dubai’s infrastructure to be of high quality.”

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