About 1,000 MW of new generating capacity is expected to be installed at Umm al-Nar under the IWPP. Extensive decommissioning is also planned, in view of the age of much of the installed capacity at the site. The request for proposals for the Umm al-Nar IWPP is due to be sent out to developers in early December. In keeping with previous IWPPs, developers will submit proposals on the basis of taking a minority stake in a new utility company, which will acquire and expand the plant on a build-operate (BO) basis.

Contractors say that, given the rising water demand in Abu Dhabi emirate, ADWEA may look at installing more desalination capacity at Taweelah at a later date.

The advisory team for the IWPP is made up of Credit Suisse First Boston, Germany’s Fichtnerand the US’ White & Case(MEED 10:8:01).