Four groups submit bids for Abu Dhabi's Mirfa 2 IWP

1 Jun 2022
Four groups submit bids for Abu Dhabi's Mirfa 2 IWP

Abu Dhabi-based Emirates Water and Electricity Company (Ewec) received proposals from four bidding consortiums

Four groups submitted bids for the planned Mirfa 2 (M2) independent water project (IWP) in Abu Dhabi.

According to sources close to the project, Abu Dhabi-based Emirates Water and Electricity Company (Ewec) received proposals from bidding consortiums led by Spain’s Acciona, France’s Engie, Saudi Arabia’s Acwa Power and South Korea’s GS Inima for the M2 IWP.

The Mirfa 2 IWP will have a capacity to supply up to 80 million imperial gallons a day (MIGD) of desalinated water.

The expected date for starting commercial operations is Q2 2025.

Energy & Utilities reported in February that Ewec had invited developers to submit expressions of interest (EOI) in the scheme. Ewec received EOI from 41 companies, and has prequalified 22 firms to participate in the RFP stage.

According to sources close to the project, Ewec has appointed an advisory team of Alderbook, White & Case and Fichtner as financial, legal and technical advisers respectively.

The M2 IWP will be developed next to the existing Mirfa independent water and power project (IWPP). The 80MIGD desalination plant will be sufficient to meet the water demand of up to 140,000 households, according to Ewec.

Ewec has set a target of the project to begin commercial operations in the first quarter of 2024.

In 2019, Ewec awarded the contract for the 200 million imperial gallons a day (MIGD) Taweelah independent water project (IWP), which will be the world’s largest reverse osmosis (RO) desalination plant.

Acwa Power was appointed as the main developer for the project. The developer appointed China’s Sepco 3 and Spain’s Abengoa to carry out the EPC works for the plant.

The AED3.1bn ($844m) Taweelah IWP project reached financial close in September 2019.

The Abu Dhabi government holds a 60 per cent stake in the Taweelah project.

 

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