The bidders for the estimated $90 million project are the local KaysonGroup, Japan’s Marubeni Corporationand Germany’s Dillinger Stahlbau. The project will involve the installation of a power plant with capacity of 255 MW, a reverse osmosis (RO) desalination plant with capacity of 1,170 cubic metres an hour (cm/h) of water and a DM plant with capacity of 490 cm/h, as well as units for nitrogen, oxygen and argon production. Water feedstock will be sourced from the Karoon river and gas from the national grid.

The first phase of Fajr, built by Europe’s ABB, came on stream in 2003 with electricity capacity of 585 MW, RO capacity of 3,900 cm/h and DM capacity of 980 cm/h. It also provides steam, service and drinking water, air and gases. A further expansion is planned for the next five-year development plan starting in 2005. It will be larger than phase 1, with power capacity of 810 MW, RO production of 4,680 cm/h and DM production of 1,470 cm/h.