For the main bid, France’s Sidem submitted a low bid of AED 99.9 million ($27 million), followed by South Korea’s Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Company at AED 105.9 million ($28.8 million).

The order was unchanged for the option. Sidem offered a price of AED 124.6 million ($33.9 million), followed by Doosan at AED 125.1 million ($34 million). Both options included the construction of a seawater intake system. The plant will take 20 months to complete. The client is the Federal Electricity & Water Authority (FEWA).

FEWA is planning a second desalination project in the emirate, involving the construction of a 3 million-g/d reverse osmosis plant at Ghalilah. EPC bids have been invited by 31 March. The projects are being undertaken to meet rising water demand in Ras al-Khaimah and the northern emirates.