Bids for giant Dubai power and desalination plant get more time

Dubai's state-owned utility has extended the deadline to receive bids for the expansion project at its M-Station power production and desalination plant by one month to October 15.

"The expansion project includes new power generation units with a capacity of 600 MW to be added to the current capacity of the station by 2018. The expansion project also includes adding two gas turbines, a steam turbine, and a heat-recovery unit, which will increase the plant's thermal efficiency to 90%," said managing director and chief executive officer of DEWA, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) said that the bid extension decision had been requested by major international companies.

The AED10 billion (US$ 2.7 billion) M-Station, is the newest and largest power production and desalination plant in the UAE, with a power capacity of 2,060 MW and producing potable water at 70 Ml/day.

The M Station project has been implemented in phases since mid-2010. Water desalination systems amounted to AED3.95 billion (US$ 1.08 billion) using eight desalination units, each with a capacity of 26 Ml/d, and four boilers with a total capacity of 700 Ml.

DEWA said its total production capacity stood at 9,656 MW of electricity and 2,350 Ml/d in desalination.

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