A consortium led by International Company for Water & Power Project (ACWA Power) and Tecton Engineering & Construction will be bidding for a 45 million imperial gallons per day, sea water reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination independent water project located in Umm Al Qaiwain.
The announcement was made by the Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA).
The appointment of the preferred bidder follows a tender exercise and evaluation of bids, WAM reported.
FEWA will commence a final round of contract discussions with a view to achieve the financial close and ancillary documents within the third quarter of 2018.
Commenting on the appointment of the preferred bidder, Mohammed Salah, director-general of FEWA, said: "This is the first FEWA’s desalination plant in cooperation with the private sector and the Authority intends to commence three other desalination plants following the same model which will be tendered before the end of this current year."
He added that, "As per a study conducted, the locations and capacity of the other three (3) plants are defined. As per FEWA strategic plan, FEWA will be totally independent and securing its water demand by 2022."