The two packages cover the installation of 650-700 MW of power capacity and 70 million gallons a day of desalination capacity.

Sixteen companies submitted bids by the end of October for four packages on the estimated $800 million project. The two other packages cover the supply and installation of substations and overhead transmission lines.

Five international contractors priced the power island, while six companies submitted bids for the desalination package.

Thestation will be located to the south of the G plant. The plant’s commissioning is scheduled to take place in the first half of 2005. At a later date a second-phase expansion is planned, which will see capacity doubled. Germany’s Lahmeyer International is the consultant for phase 1.