The bidders for the ADDC contract are Suez Environment and Veolia Environnement, both of France, France’s Saur Internationalwith Germany’s Siemens, and the UK’s United Utilities. Fifteen international companies were prequalified for the contract, which is expected to be awarded in January. ADDC has about 170,000 water and 200,000 electricity customers.

The same prequalifiers will be eligible to bid for the AADC O&M contract, which will be tendered once the ADDC work has been awarded. The Al-Ain distributor has 50,000 water and 90,000 electricity customers.The O&M contracts are part of a 12-month privatisation programme that will see the government sell 40 per cent of its ownership in each of the two companies. The first stage of the sale will involve the private placement of a 20 per cent stake in each company to local institutional investors. A further 20 per cent holding in each company will then be offered through an initial public offering (IPO).

The financial adviser is BNP Paribas; the US’ Dewey Ballantineis the legal adviser (MEED 9:9:05).