Sogex Oman was the low bidder when four companies returned prices in November. It was followed by Belgium’s Tractebel, with Germany’s Babcock Borsig, at AED 197 million ($53.7 million); the UK’s Innogy, with Thames Water, at AED 213 million ($58 million); and the US’ CMS Energyat AED 335 million ($91 million).

In addition to providing O&M services for the co-generation plant at Qidfa, Sogex will also have responsibility for the 179-kilometre water transmission line, which will have capacity of 180 million g/d and connect the facility to Sweihan in Abu Dhabi emirate.

UWEC’s planned second-phase development of the Qidfa site will add up to 1,000 MW of new power capacity and 100 million g/d of desalination. Four firms are competing for the project management consultancy contract, which UWEC says will be awarded by May. The bidders are PB Powerand Mott MacDonald– both of the UK, and two German firms – Fichtnerand Lahmeyer International.

Fourteen international and local companies have applied for prequalification for the phase-2 engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract, which UWEC says will be awarded by September.

UWEC’s long-term plan is to part-privatise the Fujairah plant by selling a stake of up to 49 per cent in the project to a foreign partner.