Hidd desal goes for bid

29 November 2002

The Ministry of Electricity & Water (MEW) released tender documents in mid-November for the consultancy contract on phase 3 of the Hidd power and desalination complex. Twelve international firms are prequalified to bid by 14 January for the contract, which involves providing consultancy services for the installation of 60 million gallons a day of desalination capacity (MEED 15:11:02).

The prequalifiers for the contract are Binnie Black & Veatch, Mott MacDonald and Hyder Consulting, all of the UK, Tebodin Middle East, part of the Netherlands' Tebodin, Switzerland's Electrowatt Engineering Services, Lahmeyer International and Fichtner, both of Germany, Austria's ILF Consulting Engineers, Belgium's Tractebel, Parsons Engineering Corporation and Montgomery Watson Harza, both of the US, and Egypt's Dr Ahmed Abdel-Warith Consulting Engineers.

In addition to the installation of new desalination capacity, the phase 3 project involves the construction of an extensive water transmission network and a 220-kV transmission station. The power will be supplied from the 700-MW extension, which comes under phase 2 of the Hidd site. France's Alstom is due to complete phase 2 in 2004 (MEED 8:11:02).

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