EWEC Invites Expression of Interest Submissions for the Development of Shuweihat S4 Reverse Osmosis (RO) Independent Water Project

Shuweihat S4 RO will provide up to 70 million gallons per day and enhance the security of potable water supply in 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 invited developers or developer consortiums to submit an Expression of Interest for the development of Shuweihat S4 Reverse Osmosis (RO) Independent Water Project. 

The Shuweihat S4 RO project will see desalination of seawater using RO technology to supply 70 million gallons of water per day, enhancing the security of potable water supply predominantly in the Al Dhafra Region in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Additionally, the plant will play a key role in the ongoing cost reduction initiatives in the sector through the procurement of competitive and efficient RO seawater desalination technology as part of EWEC’s wider strategic initiative of decoupling power and water generation capacity.

Othman Al Ali, Chief Executive Officer of EWEC, said: “As we recently announced in our Statement of Future Capacity Requirements Summary Report, RO seawater desalination is a key strategic pillar in our ongoing plans to decouple water and electricity generation, and reduce the overall cost of production by increasing the reserve margin of installed desalination capacity. In addition, the extremely low energy-intensive technology of RO can significantly contribute to enhancing the diversification of energy sources while supporting the nation’s carbon reduction targets.”

The Shuweihat S4 RO project will be located adjacent to the existing Shuweihat S3 IPP Project, within the Shuweihat power and water complex, approximately 250km 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 70 million gallons per day of water output, together with associated infrastructure. EWEC aims to achieve financial close by the end of 2022 with a target project commercial operations date by the middle of 2025.

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 November 2021 at 12:00 p.m. Gulf Standard Time (GST)for the first stage of the tender process.Interested parties are requested to submit their EOI via electronic copy to: ewec.S4RO@ewec.ae.

Following review of the EOIs, EWEC will issue the Request for Qualifications 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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