Bahrain energy bid includes desalt

A consortium, including Saudi-owned infrastructure firm ACWA Power, has in its bid for Bahrain’s 390,000 tonne a year waste-to-energy plant the provision of desalinated water.

The Beatona consortium – which includes Spanish infrastructure firm, FCC – has submitted a tender offer to the Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning on a build own transfer basis under a 25-year public-private partnership concession.

The ministry said four proposals had been submitted and that one included a “waste to water facility which can provide the Kingdom of Bahrain with Desalinated Water utilising a renewable and sustainable source of energy in the process”.

The desalination aspect of the consortium’s bid is expected to prove interesting in the region which is seriously affected by water scarcity.

ACWA Power already supplies some 2.4 million m³/day of desalinated water to the region.