Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (Dewa) has invited developers to submit expressions of interest (EOI) for the planned Hassyan independent water producer (IWP) project.

The utility has invited developers to submit EOI documents by 9 July.

MEED recently reported that Dewa had appointed UK-based EY as lead and financial adviser, UK-based CMS as legal adviser and Canada’s WSP as technical adviser for the IWP, which will have a capacity of 120 million imperial gallons a day (MIGD).

MEED reported in February that Dewa had received proposals from five consultants for the advisory contract on the Hassyan project. The EY consortium submitted the second-lowest proposal of AED4.15m ($1.1m).

The project will be the first desalination plant that Dubai has tendered under the IWP model. Previous water facilities were procured using standard government-backed engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) deals.

The Hassyan desalination project was originally planned to be procured under an EPC model, with the client receiving proposals from technical consultants in June last year. However, the client has since decided to switch the project to an IWP, and will appoint a developer to finance and build the plant.

In June 2016, Dewa awarded a contract to a joint venture of Saudi Arabia’s Acwa Power and China’s Harbin Electric to develop a 2,400MW coal-fired power plant at Hassyan.

The independent power producer (IPP) project is being developed in four 600MW phases, with each unit to be made operational in March each year between 2020 and 2023.

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