Saudi Arabia’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has opened financial bids for the electricity generation component of the Ras al-Zour power and water project.

The local Al-Arrab Contracting Company (ACC) submitted the lowest bid with Chinese partner Sepco III Electric Power Construction Corporation with a price of $2.442bn.

Bids were also submitted by the following groups:

  • Arabian Bemco Contracting Company (local)/Iberdrola (Spain) – $2.865bn
  • Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction (South Korea) – $2.911bn
  • Hyundai Engineering & Construction (South Korea)/ Saudi Services for Electro-Mechanic Works Company (local) – $3.700bn

Bids for the power component of the project were opened on 22 May. The deadline for bids has been repeatedly extended. Contractors were originally to submit bids by 20 March, but this was pushed back several times.

Bids for the desalination part were opened on 9 May. South Korea’s Samsung Engineering and Japan’s Sasakura Engineering Company submitted the lowest bid for this part with a price of $1.67 billion. The group’s proposal is for 228 million gallons a day (MIGPD) in multiple effect desalination (MED) and 68 MIGPD in seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO).

Bids were also received from the following groups:

  • Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction (South Korea) – $1.79bn – 228 MIGPD in multi-stage flash distillation (MSF) and 68 MIGPD in SWRO
  • Arabian Bemco Contracting Company (local)/Fisia Italimpianti (Italy) – $1.87bn – 248 MIGPD in MSF and 68 MIGPD in SWRO
  • Sidem (France) – $2.03bn – 248 MIGPD in MED and 48 MIGPD in SWRO
  • Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction (South Korea) – $2.03bn – 228MIGPD in MED and 68 MIGPD in SWRO

When complete, the combined-cycle power plant will have capacity of 2,400MW. The reverse osmosis/thermal hybrid desalination plant will have capacity of 226 million gallons a day (g/d) of water.

Saudi Electricity Company will take 1,050MW of the plant’s power output and SWCC will take 220 million g/d of desalinated water. Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Maaden) will take the remaining output from the plant.