Expressions of interest were submitted by international developers in late November for the post of foreign partner on the Mesaieed independent water and power project (IWPP). Submissions were delayed by a week after the steering committee handling the project informed developers that a desalination component would be added to the project (MEED 11:11:05).
Following the revision in project scope, the scheme, which is also known as facility B, will have 2,000 MW of generating capacity and 40 million gallons a day (g/d) of desalination. The request for proposals (RFP) is expected to be issued to prequalifiers by January. The selected developer will take a 40 per cent stake in a new company set up to implement the build-own-operate-transfer (BOOT) scheme; the remaining 60 per cent will be held by Qatar Petroleum (QP)and Qatar Electricity & Water Company (QEWC). The project company will sign a gas fuel agreement with QP for the duration of the 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA). The plant's commercial operation has been set for April 2008; all its output will be supplied into the grid. The project's technical consultant is Germany's Fichtner.Thesteering committee is made up of QP, QEWC and Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa - MEED 22:7:05).
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