Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (Dewa) has received proposals from six bidders for the contract to build photovoltaic (PV) solar plants for the planned Museum of the Future (MOTF).

The state utility received the proposals from contractors on 19 April.

The lowest main offer was the AED15.6m ($4.2m) bid submitted by the local Alsa Solar Systems. This was 17.1 per cent lower than the AED18.8m price submitted by the second lowest bidder, Spain’s Maessa.

The local Scott Power Corporation submitted the third lowest bid of AED21.8m.

The other bidders and prices were:

  •  HHH Construction (local), AED24.2m (main offer), AED23.3m (alternative offer 1), AED22.6m (alternative offer 2)
  •  Al-Mostajed Technologies (local), AED28.7m (main offer), AED29.9m (alternative offer)
  •  Value Addition (local), AED31.5m

MEED reported in August 2016 that Dewa had appointed the local office of Austria’s ILF Consulting Engineers to provide consultancy services for a PV solar facility to power the planned Museum of the Future.

Set to open in time for Dubai Expo in 2020, the museum will be used to showcase cutting-edge technologies, and with the motto ‘See the future, create the future”, it has been designed to play a leading role in developing a culture of innovation in Dubai and the rest of the UAE. It will be built close to Emirates Towers and Dubai International Financial Centre.

When launched earlier this year, it was said that part of the structure will be 3D-printed rather than conventionally built.

The consultants that have been engaged on the project include local firms Rice Perry Ellis and Killa Design as well as the UK’s Buro Happold