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15 December 2008

Mott MacDonald is Technical Adviser to the Electricity and Water Authority Bahrain

Mott MacDonald has been appointed by the Ministry of Finance as Technical Adviser to the Electricity and Water Authority in Bahrain for the multi-million dollar Al Dur Independent Water and Power Project. This new utility project is being introduced to accommodate increasing demand for both water and electricity, largely driven by the kingdom’s new industrial, commercial, residential and tourism developments.

Mott MacDonald’s team of power and water professionals has been appointed to provide technical advisory services for the implementation phase of the project which will see the design and build of a combined cycle gas turbine power plant fired on both natural gas and oil. The plant will have a generation export capacity of 1200 MW (Mega Watts) and a desalination capacity of 48 MIGD (Million Imperial Gallons per Day) using sea water reverse osmosis technology.

Bill Howieson, Mott MacDonald’s project director said, “We are delighted to be selected to assist the Electricity and Water Authority of Bahrain. This is the first time that the Kingdom of Bahrain has chosen “F” class gas turbine technology and is a significant step for the Kingdom. It is also a great opportunity for our power and desalination experts to work together on this exciting project which is due to be in full operation by the summer of 2011.”

Alan Worley, Mott MacDonald’s Bahrain office director added, “This is a prestigious contract and we aim to bring our global expertise and local knowledge to the project and hopefully other exciting projects in the Kingdom in the future.”


Editors notes:

The power plant will have four gas turbines, four heat recovery steam generators and two steam generators. Al Dur is located on a green field site to the South of EWA’s existing Ad Dur sea water reverse osmosis plant around 25 km South of Manama. The plot will be developed for three future phases to be built over the next 20 years.

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