The consultancy contract principally involves masterplanning the sewerage network for the cities of Abu Dhabi and Al-Ain but covers the entire emirate except the Western Region.

ADSSC also expects to issue requests for qualification by the end of May for the privatisation of the Mafraq sewage treatment plant (STP) and the Zakher STP in Al-Ain. Requests for proposals are likely in the third quarter. The privatisation is expected to follow ADWEA’s independent water and power project (IWPP) model.

Australia’s Cardno has been appointed technical adviser on the privatisation; Dewey Ballantine is legal adviser and BNP Paribas is financial adviser (MEED 17:3:06).