A consortium led by Saudi Arabia-based Acwa Power has reportedly emerged as the lowest bidder for the Al Dur 2 independent water and power plant (IWPP) project in Bahrain.

French desalinisation specialist Sidem is the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor for the 1,500 MW project, which will also include a 50 million imperial gallons per day (MIGD) seawater reverse osmosis plant.  

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Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation reportedly also put in a bid after Bahrain’s Electricity and Water Authority issued a request for qualifications for the IWPP in May.

But, three months later, it was announced that the consortium of Acwa Power and Sidem was the lowest of all those bidders that submitted offers.

The contract's scope of works includes the construction of an underground deep-sea tunnel, an inter-stage pump, and a side-stream filter plant, as well as the installation of gas turbines, steam turbines, chemical dosing systems, a plant cooling system, and a dissolved floatation system.

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Estimated to cost around $1.5bn (BHD565.4bn), the IWPP project is likely to complete by the end of 2020, Trade Arabia reported.

The news comes nearly a year after an Acwa Power-led consortium was awarded a contract to develop the Salalah Independent Water Project.

Veolia and Dhofar International Development and Investment Co (DIDIC) are also part of the consortium that was awarded the contract by Oman Power and Water Procurement Company, as reported by Construction Week in December 2017.