Riyadh: The deadline for submitting bids to provide consultancy services to manage the transition period of the King Hamad Causeway project has been delayed.
The King Fahd Causeway Authority (KFCA) urged consultancy firms and consortium to submit their bids before the 28th of March, 2019.
The deadline for the preliminary phase of the billion-dollar causeway linking Saudi Arabia and Bahrain was initially set for the 21st of February.
In a statement to Saudi newspaper Eqtisadiah, KACA director-general Emad Mohsin said that the winning bidder would be announced next year (2020).
He said that the initial deadline has been delayed till the 28th of March 2019, at the demand of companies, which requested more time to enter alliances before submitting their bids.
Speaking to Al Arabiya, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Bahrain Abdullah Al-Sheikh said that the project – which is expected to cost between $3 and $4 billion – will also include a rail line connected to the wider GCC network, as well as vehicle lanes and cargo trains.