Bidders have the option to bid for both the power and water packages or for just one of the contracts. The desalination capacity of the expansion, which will use multi-stage flash (MSF) technology, has been marginally reduced in scope from initial plans for 60 million g/d. Under the terms of the tender notice, DEWA may invite successful bidders to form a consortium led by the winner of the power package contract and award the project on a turnkey basis.

Commissioning will take place in stages in 2007/08. Germany’s Lahmeyer Internationalis the consultant. The station will be located adjacent to the existingstation at Jebel Ali, which is under construction and will have capacity of 650-700 MW and 70 million g/d.

Theproject is the second of two major generation packages to be tendered by DEWA, as it aims to meet surging power demand in the emirate. Bids are due by 21 August for the phase 2 development of the H station at Al-Aweer, calling for the supply and installation of 400 MW of open cycle capacity at the existing 607-MW station (MEED 18:6:04).