March deadline set for Abu Dhabi’s Mirfa IWP

21 Jan 2022
March deadline set for Abu Dhabi’s Mirfa IWP

Abu Dhabi-based Emirates Water and Electricity Company (Ewec) has set a deadline of 31 March for prequalified developers to submit bids for the planned Mirfa 2 (M2) independent water project (IWP) in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi-based Emirates Water and Electricity Company (Ewec) has set a deadline of 31 March for prequalified developers to submit bids for the planned Mirfa 2 (M2) independent water project (IWP) in Abu Dhabi.

Ewec prequalified at least 22 firms to participate in the tender for the Mirfa 2 IWP, which will have a capacity to supply up to 80 million imperial gallons a day (MIGD) of desalinated water.

Energy & Utilities understands that the 22 firms were split into two groups – managing members and consortium members.

The group of managing members can bit either individually or in consortium with any other prequalified bidders.

The prequalified managing members are:

  • Acciona Agua (Spain)
  • Acwa Power (Saudi Arabia)
  • Engie (France)
  • FCC Aqualia (Spain)
  • GS Inima (Spain/South Korea)
  • IDE Water Assets (Israel)
  • Marubeni Corporation (Japan)
  • Jera (Japan)
  • Cobra Instalaciones y Servicios (Spain)
  • Veolia (France)

 

The prequalified consortium members are:

  • Aquatech International (US)
  • China Railway Corporation
  • China State Construction Engineering Company
  • Elsewedy Electric (Egypt)
  • CK Hutchison Holdings (Hong Kong)
  • Hyundai Engineering & Construction (South Korea)
  • Metito Utilities (UAE)
  • Orascom Construction (Egypt)
  • Six Construct (UAE)
  • Sojitz Corporation (Japan)
  • Powerchina International Group
  • Utico (UAE)

 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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