Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) announced on Saturday that it has received 29 Expressions of Interest (EOI) for Phase 1 of its 120 Million Imperial Gallons Per Day (MIGD) Hassyan Independent Water Producer (IWP) project.
The Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) desalination project is DEWA’s first-ever IWP project.
The project will become operational in two phases [of 60 MIGD each] in 2025 and 2026.
In October 2022, the DFM-listed utility had announced that a consortium of Deloitte, WSP and Addleshaw Goddard have been given the mandate to provide consultancy services for the project.
Hassyan IWP was first retendered in the second quarter of 2020, and awarded to local company UTICO in November 2020. DEWA had inked a 35-year water purchase agreement on 31 March 2021 with UTICO.
However, the project was retendered again in the third quarter of this year, according to media reports.
DEWA’s IPO memorandum, dated April 2022, had noted that the 120 MIGD Hassyan IWP, awarded to UTICO, was yet to reach financial close.
DEWA aims to increase its SWRO production capacity to 303 MIGD by 2030 to reach 42 percent of total desalination capacity instead of 13 percent at present. The utility's total production capacity of desalinated water is 490 MIGD.
(Writing by SA Kader; Editing by Anoop Menon)