Nass wins Durrat desal plant deal
Manama, March 4, 2009
Nass Contracting has won a contract to build infrastructure and ancillary works for a sea water desalination plant at Durrat Al Bahrain (DAB).
The contract was announced by Energy Central Company (ECC) at a ceremony at DAB.
The plant will meet the irrigation demand at DAB, a prestigious mixed-use residential and resort development in the south of Bahrain, with a total investment value of $6 billion.
“Having been awarded a 25-year concession to design, build, and operate the seawater desalination plant at DAB, ECC is clearly following a path of consistent development and implementation of the project,” said Khalil Issa, CEO of ECC.
“The signing of the contract with Nass Contracting is a definitive symbol of our stable footing in the midst of the current global scenario. We are witnessing growth and participating in the growth first hand.”
Equipment for the first phase of 12,000 cubic metres daily of desalinated water is already under manufacture and this contract includes buildings to house the plant together with storage tanks, pipelines, offices and site works.
The facilities have been designed for phased expansion of the desalination plant in line with the landscaping requirements of DAB.
Construction of the building, infrastructure and ancillary works by Nass will commence immediately with strategic areas scheduled for early completion by September in order to permit installation of the desalination and electrical equipment.
Pre-engineered buildings have been selected to minimize the construction period so that the new plant can be in service before the end of the year and augment the present temporary facility.
David Anthony, general manager of Nass Contracting said: “It gives us great pleasure to be signing this contract with ECC to provide the construction portion of this immense and exciting project at DAB.”
“This is saying a lot for the strength of the project, Energy Central’s role in the development, as well as our own,” he added.
ECC has adopted a fast track innovative procurement strategy in order to meet the requirements of this project that includes early contract mobilisation to start in the first week of March. – TradeArabia News Service
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