Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to nine qualified bidders for the development of the Hassyan sea water reverse osmosis (SWRO) plant with a 120 million gallons per day (MIGD) capacity.
This is the first water desalination project that Dewa has undertaken that uses the Independent Water Producer (IWP) model, said a statement from the Dubai utility. The project is expected to start operations in 2023, it added.
For this SWRO project, Dewa said it had received a total of 34 requests for qualification (RFQs) till date. Subsequently, it evaluated them and shortlisted these nine pre-qualified bidders to submit their proposals. The last date for submitting the bids is January 31, 2020.
Dewa said it had adopted IWP for the Hassyan desalination plant, following the success of the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park projects.
Once completed, the SWRO desalination plant will use the most efficient, proven and reliable state-of-the art technology. The plant will provide a sustainable supply for Dewa’s water network, it added.
On the project, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, the managing director & CEO of Dewa, said: "The project is part of its strategy to increase the water desalination capacity in Dubai to 750 MIGD, from 470 MIGD."
Dewa, he stated, was currently desalinating water through the joint production of electricity and water, using efficient MSF distillation technology, which depends on waste heat created by the production of electricity for water desalination, he noted.
"We also use RO to desalinate water, a proven technology that is also used around the world, which is ideal for the large production capacity from clean energy," he added.-TradeArabia News Service