The bidders are France’s Ondeo Services, Japan’s Mitsui & Companywith France’s Vivendi Water, and Cadaguaof Spain. The next major milestone in the project’s implementation is scheduled to come in mid October, with the submission of commercial proposals.

Bidders for the RO scheme are competing on the basis of taking a 40 per cent stake in a new project company, which will build, own and operate the facility. The proposed plant will run on power supplied by existing capacity at the Taweelah complex. The RO plant will take advantage of spare power-generating capacity in the winter months, when demand can be as low as 35 per cent of the peak summer level. The water is expected to be used to meet agricultural demand in the Al-Ain area.

The UK’s Mott MacDonaldis technical adviser to ADWEA.