Saudi Arabia-headquartered ACWA Power is part of a consortium that is the preferred bidder for an independent water plant (IWP) in Umm Al Quwain, UAE.

The UAE's Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA) has appointed the consortium led by ACWA and Tecton Engineering and Construction as the preferred bidder for the facility, which has a capacity of 45 million imperial gallons per day (MIGD).

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Mohammed Salah, director-general of FEWA, said the IWP was the authority’s first in cooperation with the private sector, adding that FEWA “intends to commence three other desalination plants following the same model, which will be tendered before the end of this current year”.

According to WAM, he said that the locations and capacity of the three other plants had been defined as per a study implemented by FEWA, which would be “totally independent” in meeting its water demand by 2022.

ACWA and Tecton’s consortium has been named preferred bidder after all bids were evaluated for the development. FEWA will now begin final discussions with a view to achieving financial close and ancillary documents within Q3 2018.

The sea-water reverse osmosis (SWRO) IWP in Umm Al Quwain will deliver desalination services.

ACWA's recent contract wins include work in its home market of Saudi Arabia.

A 25-year power purchase contract was awarded to ACWA Power for the first-ever utility-scale renewable energy project in the kingdom this February.

The Sakaka independent power producer (IPP) photovoltaic (PV) solar project, which has an investment value of $302m (SAR1.1bn), will generate 300MW upon completion, ACWA Power said in a press statement.

Located in Al Jouf, at a site spanning more than 600ha, the project was awarded to the company at a new world-record tariff of US cents 2.3417/kWh (8.781 halalas/kWh).

According to ACWA Power, the plant is the first of what will be a series of procurement initiatives under the kingdom’s national renewable energy programme, which aims to produce 9.5GW of renewable energy by 2023.