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 EOI Invitation

​​Invitation to Express Interest in relation to a 45 Million Imperial Gallons per Day (“MIGD”) Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (“SWRO”) desalination Independent Water Project located in the Emirate of Umm Al Quwain​​


The Federal Electricity and Water Authority (“FEWA”) formally announces the commencement of a competitive process to select a developer or developer consortium to design, build, finance and operate for the procurement of a 45 MIGD SWRO Independent Water Project (“IWP”) located near to the Emirates Modern Industrial Area in the Emirate of Umm Al Quwain (the “Project”).  The developer or developer consortium will be called upon to establish a special purpose vehicle (the “SPV”) in order to deliver the Project to be incorporated under the laws of the United Arab Emirates.

The Project will comprise, inter alia, the development, financing, construction, operation, maintenance and ownership of a greenfield water treatment facility of 45 MIGD production capacity together with associated infrastructure (the “Plant”).  The Plant will be located in the Northern area of the Emirate of Umm Al Quwain, adjacent to the border with Ras Al Khaimah approximately 20 km North of Umm Al Quwain city and in the vicinity of the coastline of the Arabian Gulf.

The Project will be structured as an IWP.  The SPV will enter into both a long-term power supply agreement (“PSA”) and a long-term water purchase agreement (“WPA”) with FEWA, the single buyer of all water capacity and output from the Project.

The Project will draw upon the successful development of IWPs in the United Arab Emirates to date.  The developer or developer consortium, selected following a competitive tender, will work closely with FEWA to develop and implement a plan of development, design, and equipment (including membrane) selection and procurement, engineering, construction, finance, operation and maintenance for the Project.  Parties responding to this invitation to express interest are therefore expected to have similar experience in such areas.

All interested parties are requested to submit an expression of interest (“Expression of Interest”) at the earliest opportunity and no later than 10:00 a.m. local time in the United Arab Emirates on 7th  April 2016, in the form of (i) two paper originals to: The Director General, Federal Electricity and Water Authority, 7th Floor, Al Mezan Building, Muheisnah 4, Beirut Street, P.O. Box 1672, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (25°17’16.64”N, 55°24’03.62’E); and (ii) an electronic copy to fewa45migd1@fewa.gov.ae.

Each Expression of Interest must specify the name, address, telephone number, fax number and email address of the authorised contact person (the “Contact Person”) from the developer or developer consortium, to whom all future correspondence should be sent, together with a brief description of the developer/developer consortium expressing interest (including but not limited to number of employees, country of incorporation and business profile).

Following review of the Expressions of Interest by FEWA the relevant Contact Person will be notified by FEWA to advise whether the developer or developer consortium has been selected to proceed to the next stage.  The Contact Person of the selected developers or developer consortium will be provided with a confidentiality agreement for execution and a request for statement of qualifications (“RFQ”).  The RFQ will provide additional details regarding the Project, pre-qualification criteria and the bidding process.

Nothing contained within this invitation to express interest shall constitute an agreement, contract, warranty or representation between FEWA and any other party.  FEWA reserves the right to modify this invitation and the contents thereof and/or the process related thereto at its sole discretion, including but not limited to with respect to the recipients of any RFQ.​​​​​​​​​​​​