Reggiane to build Wafa desal

25 January 2002

Italy's Fantuzzi Reggianehas signed a $15 million contract to build a multi-stage flash (MSF) desalination plant for the Wafa gas treatment facilities near Melitah. The contract covers engineering, procurement, construction supervision services, and commissioning of the plant, which will provide fresh water for Wafa and the local community. The client is Agip Gas, which is a joint venture between Italy's Eni and the National Oil Corporation (NOC).

Reggiane will supply three MSF units, each with a capacity of 5,280 cubic metres a day (cm/d) and then supervise the construction work, which will be carried out by the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors selected for the Wafa gas and oil gathering network package. A team led by JGC Corporationof Japan is low bidder for the work at just over $1,200 million (MEED 18.1.02).

Supply and delivery of the MSF units and mechanical equipment is expected to take 16 months. Three other companies were bidding for the desalination plant contract. They were Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, France's Sidem, and Weir Westgarthof the UK.

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