EWEC Invites Expression of Interest Submissions for the Development of M2 Reverse Osmosis (RO) Independent Water Project

M2 RO will provide up to 150 million imperial gallons per day and improve the security of water supply in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi
Developers or developer consortiums are invited to submit Expressions of Interest by the specified deadline

EWEC (Emirates Water and Electricity Company), a leading company in the integrated coordination of planning, purchasing and supplying of water and electricity across the UAE, today opened invitations to submit Expression of Interest for the development of the Mirfa 2 (M2) Reverse Osmosis (RO) Independent Water Project (IWP).

M2 will see desalination of seawater using reverse osmosis to supply up to 150 million imperial gallons per day of water, improving the security of water supply in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. In addition, M2 will play a key role in the ongoing cost reduction initiatives in the sector through the procurement of competitive and efficient RO water desalination technology. This is part of EWEC’s wider strategic initiative of decoupling power and water generation capacity.

Othman Al Ali, Chief Executive Officer of EWEC, said: “Reverse osmosis is a modern technology that desalinates water with high energy efficiency, and cost efficiency. In addition, reverse osmosis desalination technology helps to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, and significantly reduce gas consumption by decoupling power and water production for the winter and summer seasons. M2 is a project we have developed to support these key strategic aims, and enhance clean and sustainable water supply in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.”

The M2 project is to be located adjacent to the existing Mirfa IWPP, approximately 110 kilometres west of the city of Abu Dhabi, and involve the development, financing, construction, operation, maintenance and ownership of a standalone greenfield RO seawater desalination plant with a capacity of up to 150 million imperial gallons per day of water output, together with associated infrastructure. The expected date for starting commercial operations is Q1 2024.

The successful developer or developer consortium will own up to 40 percent of the entity while the remaining equity will be primarily held indirectly by the Abu Dhabi Government.

EWEC invites developers or developer consortiums to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) by the deadline of 4 March 2021 at 12:00 p.m. Gulf Standard Time (GST). Interested parties are requested to submit their EOI via electronic copy to: ewec.m2RO@ewec.ae.

Following review of the EOIs, EWEC will issue the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to proceed to the next stage.

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About Emirates Water and Electricity Company

Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC) drives the planning, forecasting, purchase and supply of water and electricity in Abu Dhabi and beyond. EWEC performs its role as the sole procurer of water and electricity from independent producers, ensuring the short- and long-term balancing of bulk supply and demand for distribution companies. EWEC is part of ADQ, one of the region’s largest holding companies with a broad portfolio of major enterprises spanning key sectors of Abu Dhabi’s diversified economy. For more information please visit www.ewec.ae.

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