Saudi Arabia’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) is inviting companies to take part in a roadshow to introduce the Ras al-Zour power and desalination project.

The roadshow will take place at the Sheraton Hotel in Bahrain on 19 October and may be extended for another day if necessary.

Companies interested in attending must register with SWCC and Germany’s Fichtner by 15 October. Fichtner is the owner’s engineer on the project.

SWCC will tender the Ras al-Zour project on the basis of an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract as two separate packages.

The power package covers the design, engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning and testing of a combined cycle power plant with capacity of 2,400MW.

The desalination package includes the design, engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning and testing of a hybrid desalination plant, which will use thermal and reverse osmosis technology. The plant will have capacity of 226 million gallons a day (g/d) of desalinated water.

SWCC is due to issue a request for proposals for the scheme by early December and will award the contract in mid-2010.

SWCC is developing the project in conjunction with Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Maaden), which will take 1,350MW of power and 6 million g/d of water from the plant. Saudi Electricity Company will take the remaining power and 220 million g/d of water will go to SWCC.