Al Hidd Power and Water Plant
Client: Bahrain Ministry of Electricity and Power
Parsons Brinckerhoff Role: Owner's Engineer
In Bahrain, the demand for power and water has outstripped supply, with the rapid depletion of groundwater stocks increasing the need for additional desalination capacity. The Hidd Power Company is expanding the five-year-old Al Hidd power and water facility under a $1.25 billion, 20-year agreement with the Bahrain Ministry of Electricity and Power. The Phase III expansion will provide an additional 60 million imperial gallons daily (MIGD) of potable water.
Parsons Brinckerhoff is serving as owner’s engineer, providing technical services covering design review, quality inspection services, construction supervision and performance testing for 10 plant units being supplied by SIDEM of France, each with a capacity of 6 MIGD. Parsons Brinckerhoff also provided construction supervision, working closely with the Hidd Power Company. In addition, Parsons Brinckerhoff advised Hidd Power on the purchase from the government of the Al Hidd IWPP complex, which was organized through an international tender competition.
Key project challenges included integration with the existing facility since steam and power necessary for the new desalination plant are provided by the existing facilities. As part of the privatization process, the metering for fuel, power import and export, along with water, had to be brought up to commercial standards to meet the terms of the power and water purchase agreement.