Seven bidders line up for Abu Dhabi mega-project
Abu Dhabi Department of Energy has unveiled the seven consortia bidding for Taweela desalination plant mega-project, with the lowest price coming from ACWA Power at $0.49 per cube.
The authority, into which utility Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (ADWEA) was folded in March 2018, is evaluating bids from seven consortia:
* ACWA Power;
* Suez International Power SA Dubai Branch (Engie), with Marubeni Corp;
* Sumitomo Corp, with Veolia Middle East;
* Valoriza Agua, with Utico FZC and IDB Infrastructure Fund II;
* Cobra Instalaciones y Servicios, with Orascom Construction;
* Acciona Agua, with Pal Group; and
* Suez International, with Sojitz Corporation and NV Besix SA.
The lowest cost of production was pegged at AED8.26 ($2.25) per 1,000 gallons (4.55 m3); or $0.49 per cube.
ACWA's bid was cheaper even than the $0.53 per cube it submitted for Rabigh 3 project in Saudi Arabia in August 2018, when it was the lowest bidder by $0.01.
The Abu Dhabi project, for reverse osmosis capacity of 200 million imperial gallons a day (909,000 m3/d) at Taweela power and water complex, will raise the emirate’s proportion of desalinated water produced by reverse osmosis from 13 per cent today to 30 per cent by 2022.