The cogeneration plant will have power capacity of 160 MW and 10,000 cubic metres a day of desalination, using multi-effect distillation (MED) technology. Maaden had considered developing the facility on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis, but has informed prospective bidders that the contract will be let on an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis.

The captive cogeneration plant will serve the estimated $2,500 million Ras al-Zour fertiliser complex, for which Maaden, has recently awarded a number of major packages (see page 16).

Maaden is planning a separate, larger cogeneration facility for its multi-billion-dollar aluminium refinery and smelter complex, also located at Ras al-Zour. The contract to build the 1,800-MW plant is expected to be tendered some time next year (MEED 7:4:06).