The Palestinian Water Authority, Ramallah, PALESTINE (hereinafter referred to as ‘PWA’) has received a multi-donor grant managed and operated by the European Investment Bank – EIB (hereinafter referred to as ‘the Bank’) – towards the cost of the project development process for and the implementation of the Gaza Central Desalination Plant (GCDP) – Lot 1. This international invitation for pre-qualification relates to the contract for the Design build and operate (DBO) contractor for the GCDP Lot 1 to PWA.

The pre-qualification process serves the purpose to identify qualified companies for entering into a competitive dialogue process in the course of which 2 participants will be selected to develop a proposal for the GCDP Lot 1 contract.

This contract will include:

— the turnkey engineering, procurement and construction works of a:

—— Seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant with a production capacity of approximately 161,000 m3/day or 55 000 0000 m3/year;

—— dual-fuel reciprocating engine plant with a capacity of about 26-30 MW covering 3-4 units of each 7-9 MW for diesel and natural gas firing,

—— PV modules on roofs of the desalination plant buildings with a total installed capacity of approx. 2,5 MW.

— the post project completion 5 years operation and maintenance services for the SWRO plant, the reciprocating engines and the PV modules (with a built-in option to extend the period for the operation and maintenance services for another additional 5 years).

This contract is expected to be implemented from January 2022 to December 2029.

For pre-qualification, Applicants are requested to submit their Expression of interest (EOI). The evaluation of the EOI will be undertaken on a pass/fail basis. The minimum criteria to be met by interested applicants to pre-qualify are:

1) Experience in the management, development, construction, operation and maintenance of projects of similar size, nature and complexity in the last 10 years:

(a) design, installation and commissioning of SWRO plants: minimum 2 reference plants — one of them with min. capacity of 50,000 m3/d — shall be in operation for at least 2 years at the point of submission;

(b) O&M services for SWRO plants: minimum 2 reference plants — one of them with min. capacity of 50,000 m3/d — shall be in operation for at least 2 years at the point of submission;

(c) reciprocating engine plants (if possible, in combination with SWRO plants):

Minimum 2 reference plants — one of them with min. capacity of 25 MW — shall be in operation for at least 2 years at the point of submission.

(d) PV plants: minimum of 2 PV projects — one of them with min. capacity of 1.5 MW — shall be in operation for at least 2 years at the point of submission;

(e) projects in Near East or Middle East – minimum of 1 project either in Near East or Middle East is required.

2) Overall healthy financial status over the last 3 years:

(a) average annual turnover of minimum 100 000 000 EUR;

(b) net working capital (covering current assets and current liabilities) equal or larger than 40 000 000 EUR;

(c) if the amount of net working capital is less than 40 000 000 EUR, the applicant shall provide a credit line from financing institution(s) or other financing sources to cover this specific amount.

All firms are invited to participate in the pre-qualification.

Interested companies may obtain the full Request for expression of interest (REOI) from:

Palestinian Water Authority.

Eng. Sadi Ali

General Director

Projects management unit

Tel: Ramallah: +97022987665 Gaza: +97082833609


In order to receive the REOI, potential applicants are required to register at PWA, mailing their contact data to:

— Eng. Sadi Ali, General Director Projects Management Unit:, and

— cc to: Dr. Andreas Korn, Project manager:

The contact data shall include:

— applicant name and contact person,

— address,

— telephone number,

— fax number,

— e-mail address.

All expression of Interest must be delivered in one closed envelope/box bearing the mention ‘Expression of Interest for Tender Number PWA/GCDP-DBO-Lot 1/2019 for the Gaza Central desalination plant – Lot 1’ not later than 12.00 (local time) noon on Monday 14.10.2019 at the following address:

Palestinian Water Authority

Eng. Sadi Ali

General Director

Projects Management Unit

Al-Masayaf, Kamal Naser Street

PO Box 2174


West Bank/Palestine

In parallel and in addition to the above, one copy of the expression of Interest shall be delivered in the same manner (one single sealed envelope/box, marked as indicated above) to the following address:

Fichtner GmbH and Co. KG

Dr. Andreas Korn

Project Manager

Sarweystrasse 3

70191 Stuttgart


Deadline Date2019-10-14
Publication Date2019-08-08
Procurement StatusActive
TypeNot specified
Contract TypeWorks
Award CriteriaOther
OrganisationThe Palestinian Water Authority
Class Code71800000
Class DescriptionConsulting services for water-supply and waste consultancy
SourceOffice for Official Publications of the European Communities - Tenders electronic daily (Ted)

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