Preparations begin for Fujairah phase II

20 September 2002

Plans for a major expansion of the Fujairah power and desalination complex are moving ahead with the client, the Union Water & Electricity Company (UWEC), requesting consultants and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors to express their interest in bidding the scheme.

The project, known as Fujairah phase II, will involve the installation of a further 100 million gallons a day (g/d) of desalination and 800-1,000 MW of net export power generating capacity. The phase I development, involving 100 million g/d and 656 MW of capacity, is under construction and is due to be commissioned in the third quarter of 2003 (MEED 13:9:02).

UWEC has issued an inquiry for consultants interested in carrying out some studies and pre-engineering work that will lead on to the preparation of the EPC tender package. Consultants interested in undertaking the project management and construction supervision have also been requested to apply. Interested firms have been given until 30 September to respond.

For the EPC package, contractors have been given until 15 October to reply. The inquiry states that only contractors which have built power stations of over 400 MW, installed desalination units of over 10 million g/d, and undertaken contract work of over $300 million will be considered.

The EPC contractor for phase I is South Korea's Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction. The consultant is Germany's Fichtner.

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