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Al Hidd Power and Water Plant

Al Hidd Power and Water Plant


Client: Bahrain Ministry of Electricity and Power

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Role: Owner's Engineer

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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.

About Water

A safe, dependable potable water supply and effective sewage disposal are two vital—though often invisible—aspects of community infrastructure. Water management practices sometimes have unacceptable long-term environmental or public health effects, requiring changes. Many older cities face severe problems with maintenance of aging water infrastructure, especially buried water and sewer pipes that are deforming and/or corroding so that they cannot carry the flows for which they were designed.

Clients in the water sector seek services that will help solve the new range of water problems and comply with the new regulations.

We offer engineering and advisory services for the full spectrum of water issues—drainage and flood control, hydraulic structures, hydroelectric facilities, irrigation systems, sedimentation and erosion control, hydrogeology, potable water supply, reclaimed water planning and design, and wastewater management—and is highly attuned to the technical, ecological, and regulatory issues that face the water industry. We have used these skills in rural communities in the developing world with little access to clean water as well as in thriving modern metropolises that need ever-increasing amounts of water to meet the needs of growing populations.

Our multidisciplinary team includes civil, hydraulic, chemical, mechanical and electrical engineers; hydrologists; hydrogeologists; water quality scientists; regulatory specialists; and environmental scientists.