A clearer indication has emerged of the prospective bidding groups for the three independent water and power projects (IWPPs) out to tender in the GCC.For the 850-MW, 40 million gallon-a-day (g/d) Shuqaiq scheme, four groups are understood to have been formed to bid by 30 July. They are:Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation, with Kuwait-based Gulf Investment Corporation (GIC), and the local ACWA Power Projects, with Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction of South Korea as the nominated engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) team;Japan’s Marubeni Corporation, with the local National Power Company (NPC), and Germany’s Siemens and Italy’s Fisia Italimpianti as the EPC contractors;Malaysia’s Pendekar Power, with the local Al-Jomaih, and Paris-based Alstom and France’s Sidem as the EPC contractors;Japan’s Mitsui & Company, with Malakoff Berhad of Malaysia and the local Al-Rashid Group. The group’s EPC contractors have yet to be finalised. The client is Water & Electricity Company (WEC) – MEED 2:12:05). For the Omani IWPP, which involves the acquisition of the existing Rusayl station and the construction of the greenfield Barka 2 with capacity of about 700 MW and 26 million g/d, the prospective bidders include:Belgium’s Suez Energy International with Doosan as its EPC contractor;The UK’s International Power (IP) with GIC and an EPC team including the US’ General Electric (GE);Dubai-based AES Oasis with South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) as its EPC contractor;A Japanese developer team of Sojitz Corporation and Kansei Electric with Siemens and Japan’s Hitachi Zosen as its EPC contractor. Bids are due to be submitted on 29 May (MEED 24:2:06). For the Mesaieed A IWPP in Qatar, which will have capacity of 2,000 MW and 40 million g/d, the prospective bidders include: Suez with Siemens and Doosan; IP with two Japanese developers, Chubu Electric and Mitsui, and an EPC team of Mitsui and HHI; Marubeni; and Malakoff/NPC. Proposals are due in on 12 April (MEED 23:12:05).