Saudi Arabia’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has extended the deadline for bids to build its planned power and water project at Ras al-Zour.
Contractors were originally to submit bids by 20 March but now have an additional month to respond to the tender. According to a source close to the tender, the extension was expected as the SWCC sent out bid clarifications later than expected.
The SWCC held a meeting with contractors to discuss its plans for the project in February (MEED 10:2:10).
SWCC has prequalified at least seven companies for the power portion of the project to date. The prequalifiers are:
- Alstom (France)
- Siemens (Germany)
- Arabian Bemco Contracting Company (local)
- Daelim Corporation (South Korea)
- Daewoo Engineering & Construction (South Korea)
- Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction (South Korea)
- Hyundai Engineering & Construction (South Korea)
At least four groups have also prequalified for the desalination portion of the scheme. They are:
- Sidem (France)
- Arabian Bemco/Fisia Italimpianti (Italy)
- Hitachi Zosen (Japan)
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.