The natural gas-fired plant will have a capacity of 1,234MW of power and 48 million gallons a day of water. Construction is due to be completed in 2011.

The IWPP will use reverse osmosis as its desalination technology. This will be provided by Suez subsidiary Degremont. South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industires is the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the power portion of the project. The gas turbines will be supplied by the US’ GE.

Under the 20-year power and water purchase agreement, the Electricity & Water Authority will buy all of the IWPP’s output.

Three more IWPPs are planned at the the Addur site over the next 20 years. The Addur 2 project, which will be of a similar size to the phase 1 plant, is expected to be launched in 2009 (MEED 19:08:08).