EXCLUSIVE: Dubai receives revised offers for Jebel Ali desalination plant

11 January 2018
Three shortlisted bidders were invited to submit final prices

Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (Dewa) has received revised offers from three shortlisted bidders for a planned new desalination plant at Jebel Ali.

The client received nine bids for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract in August last year, and subsequently shortlisted three bidders to submit their best and final offers.

The three shortlisted companies which submitted revised offers this week are a joint venture of Spain’s Acciona and Belgium’s Besix; France’s Sidem; and a joint venture of Spain’s Cobra and Tedagua with the local Tecton.

The lowest bidder in the initial bidding round, a joint venture of Spain’s Abengoa and the local Utico, did not make the shortlist.

The planned reverse osmosis (RO) plant will have a capacity of 40 million imperial gallons a day (MIGD). The facility is due to be operational by April 2020.

In July 2016, Dewa awarded a contract to the Abu Dhabi office of Austria’s ILF Consulting Engineers to provide engineering consultancy services for the planned plant.

All of Dubai’s desalination capacity is located at Jebel Ali, with two-thirds of the total installed capacity having been built since 2003. With the exception of a 114,000 cubic-metre-a-day RO unit, all of the existing capacity is based on multi-stage flash (MSF) technology and operates in conjunction with power generation.

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