Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to nine qualified bidders for the development of the Hassyan sea water reverse osmosis (SWRO) plant with a 120 million gallons per day (MIGD) capacity. 

This is the first water desalination project that Dewa has undertaken that uses the Independent Water Producer (IWP) model, said a statement from the Dubai utility. The project is expected to start operations in 2023, it added. 

For this SWRO project, Dewa said it had received a total of 34 requests for qualification (RFQs) till date. Subsequently, it evaluated them and shortlisted these nine pre-qualified bidders to submit their proposals. The last date for submitting the bids is January 31, 2020.