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Interest is mostly local but some international companies have shown up.

A total of 10 companies or consortia have either qualified or conditionally qualified for the King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) desalination project. The project covers construction and operation of a 30,000m3/d (6.6 MIGD) seawater reverse osmosis plant under a 20-year BOT contract.

The six consortia to qualify are: El Seif Engineering and Metito; SETE, Ali Reza, Aquatech and WTD; Saudi Oger and EBD Group; Saudi Brothers, SAWACO, and Marubeni; AMI Water, Gammon, and AES; Arabian Bemco and GE Infrastructure Water & Process Technologies. The four companies or consortia that have conditionally qualified are: Alfanar and Caramondani; ACWA Power Projects; Saudi Bin Ladin Group; and Itochu Corporation.

The client, the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, will seek additional documentation from each of the conditionally qualified bidders.

The SWRO plant will replace three 5,000m3/d (1.1 MIGD) thermal units, two of which were built by Sumitomo Corporation in 1980 and are nearing the end of their useful lives. GACA is being advised on the project by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), Nippon Koei and Gide
Loyrette Nouel.