Atkins wins design contract for Mirfa IWPP

UK-based firm to provide support services for 1,600 MW power plant in Abu Dhabi.

Phil Malem, Atkins
Phil Malem, Atkins

Atkins has been appointed to provide engineering design services for the Mirfa Independent Water and Power Project (Mirfa IWPP) in Abu Dhabi.

The company’s power and renewables business will carry out civil design review and assistance in building permitting from the Western Region Municipality of Abu Dhabi.

It will also provide assistance towards conformity to international environmental standards and the Estidama framework, which ensures sustainability is incorporated into the construction and operation of all buildings in Abu Dhabi and is a key aspect of the Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 drive towards innovative green standards.

Phil Malem, managing director for Atkins’ Power and Renewables business said: “This contract is a significant win for the team, and another major step towards growing Atkins’ Energy business in the United Arab Emirates. We are looking forward to working with all of those involved on this exciting project.”

Located 120km from Abu Dhabi city, the Mirfa project is the emirate’s tenth facility to be built under the public-private IWPP model. It will have a power generation capacity of 1,600 MW and a seawater desalination capacity of 52.5 MIGD (238,665 m3/day).

Project owners and developers Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA), which owns 80% of the project, and GDF SUEZ (20%) appointed an EPC consortium led by Hyundai Engineering and Construction Company (HDEC) to build the $1.5bn plant.

Commissioning is due to take place in phases during 2016 and 2017.


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