PROJECTS: Kuwait's MEW to issue desalination plant tender in Q4

Desalination plant to have total capacity of 60 million imperial gallons per day

  
Image used for illustrative purposes. Poseidon Water project manager Peter MacLaggen (R) talks to fellow workers as they stand between rows of reverse osmosis filters at the Western Hemisphere's largest seawater desalination plant under construction in Carlsbad, California, April 14, 2015.

Image used for illustrative purposes. Poseidon Water project manager Peter MacLaggen (R) talks to fellow workers as they stand between rows of reverse osmosis filters at the Western Hemisphere's largest seawater desalination plant under construction in Carlsbad, California, April 14, 2015.

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Kuwait’s Ministry of Electricity & Water (MEW) is expected to release the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) tender for its $110 million Seawater Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) Desalination Plant in Doha by the fourth quarter of 2021, according to a source.        

“MEW is likely to issue the Request for Proposals in October. It has cancelled the prequalification process to save time in the tendering process," the source told Zawya Projects, adding that project completion is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2024. 

In June 2020, MEW had prequalified nine consortiums and five standalone bidders for the project, the source said.  

The consortiums included joint ventures of Suez/Sepco3; VA Tech Wabag /United Gulf Construction; Abengoa/Hyundai Engineering & Construction; Metito/Orascom Construction; Utico/TAM Capital/Alghanim International; Doosan Heavy Industries/Al-Omar Centre; Veolia/Electric Network & Technological Company; Hangzhou Water Treatment Technology/Shanxi Construction/Al-Hashmi Engineering and Jihuis Industries Holding/Al-Khazmi General Trading & Contracting. The standalone bidders included Sacyr, Tecnicas Reunidas, China Energy Engineering Group; Guangdong Electric Power Design Institute Co and Tecton Engineering, according to officials from seven companies. 

The planned scheme will have a design capacity of 60 million imperial gallons a day, rehabilitation of multi-stage flash distillation units, auxiliary power units, booster pumps, pre and post-treatment units, Reverse Osmosis unit and associated facilities, a second source confirmed with Zawya Projects. 

(Reporting by Senthil Palanisamy; Editing by Anoop Menon) 

(anoop.menon@refinitiv.com

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