Contractors have been given an extension to the bid submission date for the planned new 8 million imperial gallons a day (MIGD) desalination plant at the Dubai Aluminium (Dubal) site in Dubai.

Bids had been due on 31 July, but the client, Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), has extended the submission date to the third week of August, according to sources close to the scheme.

The client has appointed Canada’s WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff as consultant for the scheme.

Dubal is also considering expanding its captive power facilities by 450-550MW. The aluminium producer received up to 14 bids in 2015 for the expansion project.