Four international firms are bidding to build a desalination and power plant as part of a $1 billion project in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the state-run UAE Offsets Group (UOG) said Monday, April 23. It named the bidders for the $500 to $550 million desalination and power plant package of the project as South Korea's Hanjung, Fisia Italimpianti of Italy, France's Sidem and Weir Westgarth of Britain.
The proposals for the plant in Fujairah cover several desalination technologies, said the UOG, which has been mandated by the Abu Dhabi government to implement the project on a fast-track basis to meet growing demand for water in the desert state.
The package involved the engineering, procurement and construction of a plant, designed to run on both diesel oil and gas, to produce 100 million gallons (380 million litres) a day of water and more than 100 megawatts of electricity.
In a separate deal, bids are still due for a transmission package worth between $400 and $450 million to build a 185-kilometre (115-mile) pipeline to Al-Ain and the northern emirates, storage tanks and other facilities, UOG said.
Both packages are due to be awarded by the end of July and construction to be completed in two years.
Abu Dhabi is to fund the launch of the project but a foreign partner will later be selected to take a stake of up to 49 percent and operate the facilities, as part of the UAE's privatisation of the water and power sectors, said UOG. —(AFP)
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