Palm Water seeks bidders for International City plant

International firms expected to compete to build treatment plant on a design-build-own-operate basis

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By  Construction Week News Team Published  September 30, 2006

Palm Water has taken a US $272 million (AED1 billion) contract to build a sewage treatment plant and irrigation network at Nakheel’s International City. The company has put the construction package out to an international competitive tender and bids are expected back within a month. Palm Water chief executive, Bob Bryniak, said: “It represents one of the first contracts awarded in the sewerage business to a privately owned company in Dubai on a DBOO [design-build-own-operate] basis.” Bryniak added that Palm Water will employ Membrane BioReactor or MBR technology, which will result in a high grade of treated sewage effluent that can be safely used for irrigation purposes across the development. The sewage treatment plant – set to be among the largest Membrane BioReactor-based plants in the Middle East, is expected to have a capacity to treat about 110,000m3 of sewage each day – nearly the same amount of high quality irrigation water. The plant will be constructed in phases, with the first phase coming on stream in late 2007. One of the unique elements of the project is that Palm Water will be supplying Palm District Cooling with make-up water for its cooling plants. This, in turn, will provide low-cost district cooling to residents in phases two and three of International City. The scope of the contract includes designing, supplying, constructing, owning, operating and maintaining the plant. It also covers the owning, operating and maintaining of the pumping station and tanks. The existing sewerage, irrigation networks and collection systems will be transferred to Palm Water and all future enhancements will be implemented and maintained by the company over the next 30 years. International companies are expected to be involved in the design, construction and operation of the facility. Palm Water is owned by Istithmar, which has a majority stake in the company. It undertakes projects that relate to build-own-operate (BOO) or build-own-transfer (BOT) developments. The company is currently developing two desalination plants located on Palm Jumeirah.

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