L&T’s offer is about 17 per cent lower than the next quote of AED 133.8 million ($36 million) submitted by the local Power Transmission Company. Four companies priced the 15-month engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract. A contract award is scheduled for mid-October.

The EPC contract calls for the supply and installation of a 69-kilometre, 400-kV double-circuit overhead transmission line, from Qidfa to the 132/33-kV Federal Electricity & Water Authority (FEWA) substation at Dhaid in Sharjah emirate, and the upgrade of the existing 132/33-kV main substation at Dhaid by the installation of gas-insulated switchgear feeder bays.

The contract also includes extending and modifying the existing supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system at Dhaid and associated facilities.

The new transmission line will supply 500 MW of power to FEWA and will be interconnected at a later stage to the proposed UAE national grid.

The consultant is Germany’s Fichtner; the client is Union Water & Electricity Company.