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Bahrain initiates tender process for new SWRO desalination plant

  • Bahrain initiates tender process for new SWRO desalination plant
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Bahrain's Electricity and Water Authority (EWA) has issued a call for tenders for the development of a new seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant, signaling the nation's commitment to addressing its water needs through innovative solutions.

The proposed plant is slated to be constructed on Hawar Island, situated off the southeastern coast of the Kingdom.

With a deadline set for June 23, interested parties are invited to participate in this infrastructure project, aimed at bolstering Bahrain's water supply capabilities.

According to details released by The Kingdom of Bahrain’s Tender Board, the New Hawar SWRO desalination plant will feature a desalination facility capable of producing one to two million imperial gallons per day (MIGD) of potable water. Additionally, the project will include the installation of two ground storage tanks (GSTs), each with a capacity of one MIG, along with the associated forwarding pumps.

The timeline for the implementation of this crucial initiative is set at one year, to be executed under an Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contract.

Prospective bidders are required to demonstrate substantial experience in the design, construction, and commissioning of SWRO desalination plants. Specifically, applicants must showcase a track record encompassing at least two SWRO desalination projects—both green-field and brown-field ventures—executed within the past decade.

Furthermore, successful candidates must have overseen projects with a minimum production capacity of five MIGD and sustained operational success spanning a minimum of two years.

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