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Mott MacDonald has been active in Bahrain for more than 45 years, working in the building, transport, water, and power sectors.

We are working on a major water transmission network and an electricity transmission development for the Electricity & Water Authority, helping Bahrain realize its 2030 Vision, aimed at building a better life for every Bahraini.


Our team is playing a key role in easing Bahrain’s housing shortage, where there’s a long waiting list of families for social housing. Under a public-private partnership (P3) in line with the Ministry of Housing requirements, 2,450 homes are to be built on two sites, including the newly reclaimed North Bahrain New Town.

For a separate project, also for the Ministry of Housing on one of the islands forming the North Bahrain New Town, we are providing infrastructure and management services for 1,700 social housing units to be constructed over the next two years.

We were lead consultant and engineer for the $250 million (£200 million) Bahrain city center mall, boasting 2.2 million square feet (207,000 square meters) of retail space, two hotels, a 20-screen multiplex cinema, and the Middle East’s largest indoor climate-controlled water park. Our role included the design of all architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, and public health services plus roads and infrastructure, vertical transportation, lighting, and facade engineering services.

Water and power

We are currently working on two major projects in the Kingdom of Bahrain: – a $393 million (£315 million) water transmission network and a $250 million (£200 million) 400kV transmission development. Both projects for the Electricity & Water Authority cover the entire country and will help Bahrain realize its 2030 Vision, a comprehensive economic development plan aimed at building a better life for every Bahraini.

The projects are being introduced to accommodate increasing demand for water and electricity, largely driven by the Kingdom's new industrial, commercial, and residential and tourism developments.

Our role involves reviewing the existing 2006-2020 strategic master plan, carrying out investigation and system studies, and developing a conceptual plan for implementing the project. We're also providing the cost estimation, supervising the prequalification of contractors, and developing designs and tender documents for the 15 contract packages to be executed. We're also undertaking project management and construction supervision of all the works.

The water transmission project will enable the Authority to manage the water produced by the Al Dur plant and allow it to be distributed to distribution centers throughout Bahrain. It involves construction of 81 miles (130 kilometers) of new and replacement pipeline, nine new and seven upgraded pumping stations, 28 storage tanks holding from 2.4 million to 24 million gallons (9 million to 90 million liters) and 13 water towers of up to 1.8 million gallons (6.8 million liters) capacity.

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