RAK Ceramicshas invited international contractors to bid by 6 October for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to build a grassroots power and desalination plant in Ras al-Khaimah's Al-Jazeera al-Hamra district. The project aims to resolve the emirate's lack of power capacity, which has held up its industrial development.
The 150-MW combined cycle facility will have capacity of 10 million cubic metres a year (cm/y) of desalination, and a district cooling system with capacity of 11,000 tonnes. Total project costs are estimated at about $150 million. Work on the project is expected to begin by the end of the year and take about 20 months. The UK's PB Poweris overseeing the scheme. Progress on the power station follows a recent agreement between the Ras al-Khaimah government and Abu Dhabi-based Dolphin Energyto supply natural gas to the emirate (MEED 3:6:05). www.meed.com/powerwater
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