The prospective bidders for the desalination unit are Weir Westgarthof the UK; France’s Sidem; Japan’s Sasakura Engineering; Italy’s Fisia Italimpianti; and Aquatechof the US.

About nine international and local companies are prequalified to submit proposals by late February for the four combined-cycle IPPs, to be built at Juaimah, Shedgum, Ras Tanoura and Uthmaniya, which will each have capacity of 200-300 MW (MEED 15:11:02).