Alstom out in front on H station extension

10 September 2004
Paris-based Alstomis the early frontrunner to take the lump-sum turnkey contract on the H station extension in Dubai, following the opening of six bids on 5 September by Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA). According to the bid opening prices, Alstom's total price is AED 637 million ($173 million), some AED 169 million ($46 million) cheaper than the next lowest offer submitted by a consortium headed by Dubai-based Mapna International, and AED 200 million ($54 million) below the third cheapest quote offered by Saudi Arabia's Arabian Bemco Contractingwith Germany's Siemens. The contract calls for the supply and installation of about 400 MW of open cycle turbine capacity at the existing 607-MW station (MEED 18:6:04).

In addition to the total price, companies submitted a range of options covering elements such as spare parts and optional works. No details have been given about the capacity each bidder is proposing to install under the phase 2 development. DEWA is expected to proceed swiftly with the technical evaluation given that it is looking to have the extension completed by the summer of 2006. The consultant is the UK's Mott MacDonald.

The H station contract is the first of two major generation awards planned by DEWA. Bids are due on 1 November for the phase 2 development of the Jebel Alipower and desalination complex, which calls for the supply and installation of 1,200 MW and 55 million gallons a day of new capacity. The plant is due to be commissioned in 2007. The consultant is Germany's Lahmeyer International(MEED 9:7:04).

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