Five bid for RAK desal plant

10 February 2003
Bids are under study for the contract to supply and install new multi-effect distillation (MED) capacity in Ras al-Khaimah. Five companies submitted in late January two sets of prices for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract. The first covers the installation of a 3 million-gallon-a-day (g/d) plant; the second is for an optional 5 million-g/d unit (MEED 20:12:02; 4:10:02).

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.

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