Nine bidders are set to compete for a contract to develop a 120 million gallons a day desalination plant in Dubai.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) said it has issued a request for proposal to nine qualified bidders for the Hassyan plant. This is which is the first water desalination project that DEWA has undertaken that uses the independent water producer (IWP) model.

DEWA said it has adopted IWP for the plant, following the success of the IPP model at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park projects.