Six vie for Abu Dhabi sewerage projects
France's Veolia and
Singapore's Keppel Seghers are among firms
bidding to buy 40 percent of Abu Dhabi's
sewerage sector in the Gulf's first such
privatisation, an official said.
"Six international companies including Veolia, Keppel and the local Al Qudra Holding are among the bidders who submitted bids on Monday," said Alan Thompson, managing director of Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company.
The selected company will build two sewerage treatment plants, one in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi and another in Al Ain and will operate them for 25 years.
"As far as we know, this is the first privatisation of the sewerage sector in the (Gulf Arab states) and the estimated cost of the project is in the region of 1.5 to 2 billion dirhams," Thompson told Reuters.
The chosen company will take a 40 percent stake in a company that will be set up for this purpose while the remaining 60 per cent will be held by the Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority, he said.
The financial and technical assessments will go on for about three months and a preferred bidder will be selected by late summer 2007," said Thompson, whose company currently oversees the emirate's sewerage sector. - Reuter