Seven bid­ders up for Taweelah de­sali­na­tion project

Acwa Power and its part­ner Aben­goa, placed the low­est bid

Utilities Middle East - - CONTRACTS -

Abu Dhabi Depart­ment of En­ergy has un­veiled the seven con­sor­tia bid­ding for Taweela de­sali­na­tion plant mega-project, with the low­est price com­ing from ACWA Power at $0.49 per cube.

The author­ity, into which util­ity Abu Dhabi Wa­ter & Elec­tric­ity Author­ity (ADWEA) was folded in March 2018, is eval­u­at­ing bids from seven con­sor­tia:

• ACWA Power;

• Suez In­ter­na­tional Power SA Dubai Branch (Engie), with Marubeni Corp; • Su­mit­omo Corp, with Ve­o­lia Mid­dle East;

• Valoriza Agua, with Utico FZC and IDB In­fra­struc­ture Fund II;

• Co­bra In­sta­la­ciones y Ser­vi­cios, with Oras­com Con­struc­tion;

• Ac­ciona Agua, with Pal Group; and

• Suez In­ter­na­tional, with So­jitz Cor­po­ra­tion and NV Be­six SA.

Acwa Power of Saudi Ara­bia, along with its part­ner Aben­goa, placed the low­est bid us­ing the higher elec­tric­ity tar­iff at AED8.26 ($2.25) per 1,000 gal­lons (4.55 m3); or $0.49 per cube. The next best bid un­der that elec­tric­ity price was 4 per­cent higher from part­ners Engie and Marubeni at AED8.26 per TIG.

ACWA’s bid was cheaper even than the $0.53 per cube it sub­mit­ted for Rabigh 3 project in Saudi Ara­bia in Au­gust 2018, when it was the low­est bid­der by $0.01.

Com­pa­nies are vy­ing to de­velop the Taweelah de­sali­na­tion plant, which will have a wa­ter pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity of 200 mil­lion gal­lons per day (MIGD) of wa­ter. The win­ning com­pany or con­sor­tium will own 40% of the plant.

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