Tender Update: Power Projects

The Big Project Middle East lists the latest tenders for the region’s power and alternative energy projects

Demand for power and energy continues to grow apace in the Middle East, fuelled by a burgeoning population and fast growing economies. As a result, the region’s governments have begun making plans to cope with the increased demand.

The Big Project Middle East, in association with Emirates Tenders, lists the latest tenders for some of the region’s biggest power and alternative energy projects.


Project name:     Basra Power & Steel Plant Project

Territory: Iraq

Client:  State Company for Iron & Steel (Iraq)

City:  Al Basra

Country:  Iraq

Phone: (+964-770) 904 5628

Web: http://www.steel-iraq.com

Email: steelbasra@yahoo.com

Description: Construction of a power and steel plant in Basra.

Status: New tender

Budget:  $3,000,000,000


This project is in Iraq. The client is planning to build the integrated power and steel complex in two or three phases, with the first phase costing $730m, including a 500MW gas-thermal power plant and electric furnace.

The power plant will supply 300MW to the steel mill and rest to the city of Basra. Ministry of Industry & Minerals is currently evaluating the seven bids to build the scheme.

The bidders are from Turkey, Korea, Italy and German-Egyptian consortium, with the Turkish bid is understood to be most likely to win the scheme. An award will be announced before December 2012 and work on plant construction will commence in early 2013.


Project nameSubmarine Connecting Cables Construction Project – Das Island, Umm Shaif & Nasr

Territory: Abu Dhabi

Client: Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO)

Address: Corniche Road

Postal/zip: 303

Country: United Arab Emirates

Phone: (+9712) 606 0000

Fax: (+9712) 626 6005

Web: http://www.adnoc.com

Description: Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to build 132kV submarine connecting cables linking Das Island, Umm Shaif and Nasr

Status: New Tender


This project is in Abu Dhabi. Australia’s WorleyParsons has been appointed as the front-end engineering & design (FEED) consultant on this scheme and the FEED study has commenced.

It is understood that FEED study is in progress and expected to be completed in December 2012. Tendering and bidding process for the EPC contract is expected to be launched in the second quarter of 2013, with an award is expected in the first quarter of 2014. Project is expected to be completed in the first half of 2016. 

FEED consultant: WorleyParsons (Abu Dhabi)

Tender categories: Marine Engg. Works & Seaports, Power Plants & Alternative Energy


Project nameNew Refinery Project

Territory: Kuwait

Client: Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC)

Address: Imad Commercial Centre

City: Safat 13001

Phone: (+965) 2398 9900

Fax: (+965) 2398 6188

Web: http://www.knpc.com.kw

Email: aayprj@knpc.com.kw

Description: Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to build an ecologically friendly new refinery with capacity to produce 615,000 barrels a day (b/d), including kerosene and diesel.

Status: New Tender


This project involves the construction of a fourth refinery at Shuaiba. It will produce cleaner fuels for Kuwait’s power generation plants. The new refinery will be able to handle several types of crude oil.

The client has signed a project management consultancy (PMC) deal, as well as the front-end engineering and design (FEED) package on this scheme with US’ engineering and construction firm Fluor Daniel.

Fluor will provide administrative as well as consultative services to the new refinery. Construction is expected to commence in 2007. US’ Foster Wheeler has carried out the pre-feasibility study for this project.

It is understood that bids have been opened for the project management consultancy (PMC) contract on this scheme. Australia’s WorlyParsons is understood to be the lowest bidder at a price of $128m. Other bidders include: US’ Foster Wheeler; UK’s Amec; France’s Technip and US’ Flour. 

FEED Consultant:   Fluor Mideast (Kuwait)

Project Manager:  Fluor Mideast (Kuwait)

Specialist Consultant-1:  Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd. (Kuwait)

Specialist contractor:  Haldor Topsoe A/S (Denmark)


Project name: Salalah IWPP 2

Territory: Oman

Client: Oman Power & Water Procurement Company S.A.O.C

Address: Muscat International Centre, 2nd Floor, Suite 504

City: Ruwi PC 112

Postal/zip: 1388

Country:  Oman

Phone: (+968) 2482 3028 / 2482 3000

Web: http://www.omanpwp.co.om

Email: ahmed.busaidi@omanpwp.com

Description: Construction of an independent water and power project (IWPP) with capacity of 250MW of power and 10m imperial gallons a day (MIGD) of desalinated water in Salalah.

Status: New Tender


This project is in Oman. Purpose of the project is to meet increasing demand for power and potable water in the region. The project is currently under planning stage.

Request for proposals (RFP) for the technical consultancy services is expected to be issued in May 2012. Project completion is expected in 2016.

Financial Consultant:  PricewaterhouseCoopers (Oman)

Legal Consultant:  DLA Piper (Oman)

Technical Consultant:  Fichtner Gmbh & Co. KG (Germany)

Tender categories: Power Plants & Alternative Energy, Water Works


Project name: Shaikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Power Plant Project – Phase 1

Territory: Dubai

Client: Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA)

Addresss: Head Office, Near Wafi Shopping Mall, Zabeel East

City: Dubai

Postal/zip: 564

Country: United Arab Emirates

Phone: (+971-4) 324 4444

Fax:  (+971-4) 324 8111

Web:  http://www.dewa.gov.ae

Email: contracts@dewa.gov.ae

Description: Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to build a solar power plant with capacity of 10 MW using photovoltaic technology, as part of Shaikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park project – Phase 1.

Status: New Tender

Budget: $33,000,000


This project will be located at Seih Al Dahal, near E66 Dubai-Al Ain road, approximately 50 kilometres from the city of Dubai. The purpose of the plant is to meet the increasing national demand for electricity and to diversify the energy sources.

It is part of government’s plan to diversify the sources of energy, targeting solar energy to supply one per cent of Dubai’s energy by 2020 and 5 per cent by 2030. The government will finance this project.

Request for Proposal (RFP) has been issued for the technical consultancy contract.

Client has invited contractors to submit bids for the EPC contract on this scheme. It is understood that around (80) companies submitted statement of qualifications (SoQs) and (15) companies have been qualified to bid for the scheme. 

Technical Consultant: ILF Consulting Engineers (Abu Dhabi)


Project name: Sur & Jahloot Grid Stations Construction Project

Territory: Oman

Client: Oman Electricity Transmission Company (OETC)

City: Al-Hamriya

Postal/zip: 1224

Country: Oman

Phone: (+968-2) 457 3221

Fax: (+968-2) 457 3222

Web: http://www.omangrid.com

Email: webmaster@omangrid.com

Description: Construction of (2 Nos.) (400/220kV) new grid stations in Sur and Jahloot.

Status: New Tender  


This project is in Oman. The tender is open to the Specialized companies in electrical works registered with the Tender Board & Client.

Tender documents can be obtained from: Tender Board  Al-Khuwair, Oman. Last date to purchase tender document is May 23, 2012. Tender opening date will be on June 18, 2012.


Project name: Abdaliya Thermal Solar Power & Natural Gas Hybrid Plant Project

Territory: Kuwait

Client: Partnerships Technical Bureau (Kuwait)

Address: Touristic Enterprises Co. Bldg., 2nd Floor, Al-Jahra Street

City: Shuwaikh

Country: Kuwait

Phone: (+965) 2496 5901

Email: infor@ptb.gov.kw

Web: http://www.ptb.gov.kw

Description: Build-operate-transfer (BOT) contract for the construction of a thermal solar power and natural gas hybrid plant at Abdaliya with total capacity of 280MW.

Status: New Tender

Budget: $720,000,000


This plant will be located in the East of Kuwait. A site for the project within Abdaliya region is expected to be chosen in July 2010. The project will have a capacity of about 60MW solar power and roughly 220MW in gas-fired capacity.

Request for proposals (RFP) for the BOT contract is expected to be issued in fourth quarter of 2010. Japan’s Toyota Tsusho Corporation has been appointed to carry out the technical, environmental and feasibility studies.

It is understood that the client is seeking advisers on this scheme. The transaction adviser or group of advisers will assist in procuring and negotiating the transaction and incorporating a public joint stock company that will serve as the special purpose vehicle for the scheme.

Advisers have been asked to submit letters of intent by July 29, 2012. Request for proposals (RFPs) will be issued on August 05, 2012, with a deadline to submit on October 07, 2012.

Technical Consultant:  Toyota Tsusho Corporation (Dubai)


Project name: Attarat Um Ghudran Power Plant Project

Territory: Jordan

Client: National Electric Power Company – NEPCO (Jordan)

Address: Zahran Street, 7th Circle

Postal/zip: 11118 Amman

Country: Jordan

Phone: (+962-6) 581 8230

Fax: (+962-6) 581 8336

Web:  Dr Ahmad Hiyasat (Managing Director)

Description: Design-Build-Operate (DBO) contract for the construction of an oil shale power plant with capacity of 460 megawatts (MW) in Attarat Um Ghudran.

Status: New Tender


This project is located around 100-kiloemtres South of Amman in Jordan. The plant will use oil shale as feedstock. The purpose of this scheme is to reduce the cost of electricity generation.

It is understood that a joint venture agreement has been signed between Estonia’s Enefit, Malaysia’s YTL Power International Berhad and local Near East Investments to implement the project.

The group of developers has invited Expressions of Interest (EoIs) for the EPC contract on this scheme. Project will comprise (2 Nos.) 230MW blocks, each with one boiler and steam turbine. The winning bidder will provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for developers.

Local National Electric Power Company (Nepco) has agreed to buy power from the project under a 30-year power purchase agreement with the developers. Once expressions of interest have been submitted and the contractors are short-listed, developers will issue a Request for Proposals (RFPs).

The deadline for the proposals will be on October 29, 2012. Developers intend to close the financing arrangements by the second quarter of 2013. First of the two units will be commissioned within (38) months of notice to proceed with the second unit commissioned four months later.


Project name: Mirfa IWPP Project

Territory: Abu Dhabi

Client: Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (ADWEA)

Address: ADWEA Building, Al-Falah Street

City: Abu Dhabi

Postal/zip: 6120

Country: United Arab Emirates

Phone: (+971-2) 627 1300 / 694 3333

Fax: (+971-2) 626 7725 / 626 6089

Web: http://www.adwea.gov.ae

Description: Build-Own-Operate (BOO) contract for the design and execution of an independent water and power plant (IWPP) in Mirfa

Status: New Tender


This project is in Abu Dhabi. The scheme is currently in planning stage. Location and capacity of the plant has not been decided yet. A tender for the EPC contract is expected to be issued in March 2010, with submission of bids anticipated by May 2010.

Client has issued an Expressions of Interest (EoIs) to provide a developer partner on this scheme. A developer or developer consortium is sought 40 per cent of a special purpose vehicle to be incorporated for the IWPP, the remaining equity will be held by the client.

The project will comprise:
1. Purchase, ownership, operation and maintenance (O&M) and financing of certain existing assets of Mirfa Power Company
2. Ownership, development, financing, construction, operation and maintenance (O&M) of a 1,000MW Greenfield power generation plant and a 30m gallon-a-day reverse osmosis desalination plant
3. Installation of four 100MW open cycle gas turbines and integration of certain existing assets (3X7.5m g/d desalination units) into the new plant.

Last date to submit Expression of Interest will be on July 15, 2012. After Eols has been received, a request for qualification will be provided, with additional details regarding the project and the bidding process. Deadline for statements of qualification will be on September 10, 2012. 

Financial Consultant  HSBC Bank Middle East Limited (Abu Dhabi)


Project name: Abqaiq, Hawiyah & Ras Tanura Electricity & Steam Plants Project

Territory: Saudi Arabia

Client: Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco)

Address: Saeed Tower, Dammam-Khobar Highway

City: Al Khobar 31952

Country: Saudi Arabia

Phone: (+966-3) 872 0115 / 810 6999

Fax: (+966-3) 873 8190

Web: http://www.saudiaramco.com

Description: Build-own-operate-transfer (BOOT) contract for the construction of three greenfield gas-fired steam plants with capacity of 770 MW of power and 2.95m pounds an hour in Abqaiq, Hawiyah and Ras Tanura.

Status: New Tender


This project is at Eastern Province in Saudi Arabia.

The facilities are likely to have following capacities:
Abqaiq – 320MW and 1,2000 thousand pounds an hour
Hawiyah – 130MW and 550 thousand pounds an hour
Ras Tanura – 320MW and thousand pounds an hour

Each of the projects will convert fuel gas and feed water provided by client into electricity and steam for sale under an energy conversion agreement.

The client has issued a request for qualification (RFQ) to developers to build the plants. Developers have to respond to the RFQ by March 11, 2012. Each of the consortium members will be required to hold at least 20 per cent of the voting and economic rights held by the applicant in the project company upon its formation.

Selection of qualified applicants is expected by April 22, 2012 followed by issue of request for proposals (RFP) on April 23, 2012. Bids are expected to be submitted by September 01, 2012 and award for three projects expected by December 31, 2012.

The selected developer will be required to construct the projects to meet the following commercial operation dates: Hawiyah in November 2015, Abqaiq in January 2016 and Ras Tanura in March 2016.

Financial Consultant:  Fichtner Gmbh & Co. KG (Germany)

Financial Consultant-1:  HSBC Ltd. (Saudi Arabia)

Legal Consultant:  White & Case LLP (USA)


Project name: Shagaya Renewable Energy Complex Project

Territory: Kuwait

Client: Ministry of Electricity & Water (Kuwait)

Address: Ministry of Electricity & Water Bldg., South Al Surra Street, Ministries Area

City: Safat – 13001

Country: Kuwait

Phone: (+965) 2537 1000

Fax: (+965) 2537 1420 / 1421 / 1422

Web: http://www.energy.gov.kw

Email: webadmin@energy.gov.kw

Description: Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to build a 70MW renewable energy complex at Shagaya

Status: New Tender


This complex will be developed in north of Kuwait, near the Iraqi border and comprise a 10MW photovoltaic solar plant, a 10MW wind farm and a 50MW concentrated solar power facility using trough technology. The project is being implemented in joint venture with Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR).

A tender for the EPC contract will be launched by the end of 2011 or early 2012. Contracts may be awarded for separate components of the scheme or as a single contract for the 70MW project in its entirety. The 10m square metre site at Abdeli has potential to be expanded to 500-1,000MW of renewable energy capacity at a later date. Germany’s Lahmeyer is advising on the project.

It is understood that client has moved the location of the scheme from Abdeli to Shagaya. According to client, the Shagaya site is deemed preferable because it has less dust exposure. Scope of the project will remain same, which comprise a 10MW photovoltaic solar plant, a 10MW wind farm and a 50MW concentrated solar power facility.

Each of the facilities will be tendered separately. Tender process is expected to be launched in October 2012, which was originally planned in September 2012 delayed due to Ramadan and Eid holidays. 

Financial Consultant:  Fichtner Gmbh & Co. KG (Germany)

Main Consultant:  Lahmeyer International GmbH (Germany)


Project name: Wasit Gas Development Project

Territory: Saudi Arabia

Client: Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco)

Address: Saeed Tower, Dammam-Khobar Highway

City: Al Khobar 31952

Country: Saudi Arabia

Phone: (+966-3) 872 0115 / 810 6999

Fax: (+966-3) 873 8190

Web: http://www.saudiaramco.com

Description: Development of Wasit gas for the production and processing of 2.5 billion cubic feet a day from Arabiyah and Hasbah offshore non-associated gas fields.

Status: Current Project

Budget: $6,000,000,000


This project is in Saudi Arabia. It includes gas processing plants, two offshore gas platforms, one tie-in platform, sub-sea power and communication lines and pipelines, and a co-generation power plant.

Once completed in mid-2014, the plant will produce 1.8 billion cubic feet a day of sales gas. This fuel will support electric power generation throughout the Kingdom and rapidly expanding petrochemical and other industries.

In addition, the plant will include a new facility to fractionate NGL recovered from Shaybah to be used as feedstock for the petrochemical industry. The new NGL fractionation module will process 240,000 barrels per day of ethane plus NGLs to satisfy growing local customer demand for ethane, propane, butane and natural gasoline.

Canada’s SNC Lavalin Inc. has been appointed as the FEED consultant & project manager on this scheme. The main tender is expected to be issued by June 2010. Submission of bids for the main contract is expected by September 2010. An award is anticipated in December 2010.

It is understood that the project is facing significant delays and the prospect of running $600m over budget due to issues relating to the density of sulphuric contained in the Arabiyah and Hasbah non- associated gas fields. The project may face delays of at least 12 months, which means a possible completion date of late 2015.

The client has invited international oil companies such as UK’s BP and UK-Dutch Shell Group to carry out studies aimed at solving the issue. One potential solution involves injecting cocktail of chemicals into wells to lighten the sulphur. Delays on the offshore facilities have not yet affected the execution of four onshore packages on this scheme.

Client is due to open commercial bids for the EPC contract for a portion of pipeline on this scheme. Technical bids have been opened and commercial bids have to be evaluated before a decision can be made regarding the scheme. Scope of work includes the main truck line that will connect two offshore fields with the onshore facilities.

The winning contractor will lay 40-kilometre of the main trunk line with 36-inch diameter pipes cladded with a speciality non-corrosive alloy known as Inconel. Italy’s Saipem is understood to be the favourite to win the contract.   

Engineering Consultant:  Jacobs Engineering (Saudi Arabia)

FEED Consultant:   SNC-Lavalin (Saudi Arabia)

Project Manager:  SNC-Lavalin (Saudi Arabia)

Civil Engineering Contractor:    Mohammad Al Mojil Group (Saudi Arabia)

Electrical Products Supplier :   ABB Electrical Industries (Saudi Arabia)

Main Contractor:    SK Engineering & Construction (Saudi Arabia)

Main Contractor(1):    Samsung Engineering Saudi Arabia Ltd.

Main Contractor(2):    Saudi Arabian Saipem Ltd. (Saudi Arabia)

Main Contractor(3):   Abdul Aali Al-Ajmi Company (Saudi Arabia)

Pipes Supplier:    Jubail Energy Services Company (JESCO) – Saudi Arabia

Specialist Contractor(1):    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Limited (Saudi Arabia)


Project name: PP12 Power Plant Project

Territory: Saudi Arabia

Client: Saudi Electricity Company – Central Region (Saudi Arabia)

Address: Burj Al Faisaliyah Bldg., Floor 22, King Fahad Road

City: Riyadh 11416

Country: Saudi Arabia

Phone: (+966-1) 461 9030 / 461 9009

Fax: (+966-1) 403 2222

Web:  http://www.se.com.sa

Email: informus@se.com.sa

Description: Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to build PP12 power plant with capacity of 2,175 MW.

Status: Current Project

Budget: $1,300,000,000


This plant will be built in Riyadh. The project is being implemented to increase power capacity in the region. Request for proposals (RFP) for the EPC contract is expected to be issued in first quarter of 2011.

The expected schedule and scope of this scheme have not yet been determined, as the project is still in its early stages.

Local Arabian Bemco Contracting Company has been awarded the EPC contract, worth $1.25bn.

France’s Alstom has won a contract estimated to be worth $123m to supply the steam tail for the scheme. The contract involves the supply of two 342 MW steam turbine generator sets and eight heat recovery steam generators.

It is understood that the construction work on this scheme has commenced.   

Main Contractor:    Arabian Bemco Contracting Company Ltd. (Saudi Arabia)

Specialist Contractor(1):    Alstom Power (Saudi Arabia)


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