Technical bids will be opened on 5 June, after which the client will have between 10-12 days to ask bidders for clarifications. A list of the bidders who have qualified technically for the project will be announced on 21 July.

The plant is due to come online in 2011 and will have capacity of 1,100-1,250MW of power and 48 million gallons a day of desalinated water. It will use natural gas as the primary feedstock with fuel oil as a back-up option.

BNP Paribas is the financial adviser on the project while Mott MacDonald and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer are the technical and legal advisers respectively. The client is the Ministry of Finance (26:3:08).