Ewec invites bids for RO water project in Abu Dhabi

22 February 2021

Emirates Water and Electricity Company (Ewec) has invited expressions of interest (EoIs) from developers/developer consortiums for the Mirfa 2 (M2) reverse osmosis independent water project (IWP) in Abu Dhabi. 

A company in the integrated coordination of planning, purchasing, and supplying of water and electricity across the UAE, Ewec said 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 Abu Dhabi.

Also, 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.

The M2 project is to be located adjacent to the existing Mirfa IWPP, approximately 110 km 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 in 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, it said.