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Ras Al Zour opens for tendering

Major interest expected for SWCC megaproject

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Intense interest is expected for one of the world's largest combined power and desalination projects.
Intense interest is expected for one of the world's largest combined power and desalination projects.

The Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has declared that the Ras Al Zour Desalination and Power Plant project is now open for tendering.

The documents and specifications for the tender can be bought from the SWCC headquarters in Riyadh. Offers from bidders should be submitted to the company by March 20, 2010, and offers will be opened the next day.

In total, Ras Al Zour will provide 1,025,000 cubic metres of desalination water and 2,400MW of power, and the time for completion on the project is expected to be three years.

“The 2,400MW power will be distributed between Maaden (1,350MW), 1,000MW for Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) and 50MW for the secondary manufacturing factories in Ras Azzour industrial area,” said Fehied Fahad Alshareef, the governor of SWCC.

Alshareef added that on the water side, a million cubic metres was designated for the Riyadh area, with the final 25, 000 cubic metres for Maaden.

SWCC took over the Ras Al Zour IWPP earlier this year, after an international consortium had failed to provide the necessary financing due to the economic crisis.

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