Seven bidders up for Taweelah desalination project
Acwa Power and its partner Abengoa, placed the lowest bid
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.