Texas desalination RFQ period ends on 14 September

The qualification period for a feasibility study for a large seawater desalination plant in Texas, USA, ends on 14 September 2012.

The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) is seeking to develop a regional water supply from seawater desalination including the option of co-located power-generation facilities. The authority has in mind a 25 MGD (95,000 m³/d) plant expandable to 250 MGD (950,000 m³/d)

Since the request was launched in April 2012, the authority has received expressions of interest from 68 national and international entities, and engineers from many of these firms attended a project briefing at the GBRA in Seguin, Texas on 29 August 2012.

The feasibility study will cost about US$ 2 million and take two years, James Murphy, executive manager of water resources and utility operations, said. Once the study is completed, construction could begin within five years.

Murphy told D&WR that GBRA might consider extending the tender deadline “if we receive sufficient requests from interested applicants who have heretofore been unaware of our project.” He can be contacted on [email protected].