Big turnout for Umm al-Nar IWPP

25 January 2002

Twenty-two international companies responded by 18 January to the solicitation of interest issued by Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (ADWEA) for the post of developer on the Umm al-Nar independent water and power project (IWPP). ADWEA is now expected to prepare a shortlist of five-six groups, which will be issued with the request for proposals (RFP) in March (MEED 4:1:02).

Both developers and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors have expressed an interest in the project. The developers understood to have responded, come from:

Belgium - Tractebel

France - Electricite de Franceand TotalFinaElf

Germany - RWE, STEAGand Siemens

Ireland - ESB International

Italy - Enelpower

Japan - Marubeni Corporation, Tokyo Electric Power Company, Mitsui & Companyand Mitsubishi Corporation

South Korea - Korea Electric Power Corporation

the US - AES Corporation, PSEG Global, Occidental Petroleum Corporation, and Mirant

the UK - International Power

Developers will submit proposals to take a 40 per cent stake in a new project company, which will purchase 70 million gallons a day of recently-built desalination capacity at Umm al-Nar and install at least 1,000 MW of generating capacity and possibly, additional desalination capacity. Commissioning of the first power units is scheduled by summer 2005 with full commissioning set for a year later.

Umm al-Nar will be Abu Dhabi's fourth IWPP. ADWEA is being advised on the project by Credit Suisse First Boston, Germany's Fichtnerand the US' White & Case(MEED 21:9:01).

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