In addition to the co-generation plant, the estimated $1,000 million project involves a 400-kV connection between the grassroots plant and the grid. A new seawater intake system will also be built to meet the cooling requirements of phases 1 and 2.

The project is expected to be tendered among international contractors in the middle of next year. Commissioning of the phase 1 installation is scheduled for the first half of 2005. The plant’s capacity will be doubled under phase 2.

Six international firms were competing for the consultancy contract. The other bidders included Germany’s Fichtner, the UK’s Mott MacDonald, and PB Power, also of the UK.