Sogex Omanis the low bidder for the operation and maintenance (O&M) contract covering phases 1 and 2 of the Hidd power and desalination complex, following the opening of prices on 31 August. The duration of the contract is 12 years.

At BD 88 million ($231.5 million), Sogex’s low bid was marginally below the one received from the only other bidder, France’s Alstom, which offered SF 211.7 million ($167.7 million) plus BD 24.3 million ($63.9 million), a total of $231.6 million.

Five companies were prequalified for the work.

Ireland’s ESB Internationalis the consultant to the client, the Electricity & Water Ministry. Hidd phases 1-2 have total capacity of 1,050 MW (MEED 6:8:04).