GDF Suez has signed a 20-year power and water purchase agreement for the Shuweihat 2 power generation and seawater desalination plant, a major Independent Power and Water Project in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Shuweihat 2 is a greenfield, natural gas-fired installation that will deliver 1500 MW of electricity and 454,610 cu.m./day of water. The plant will be located in the west of the Emirate.

Completion and start-up of the Shuweihat 2 plant is scheduled for 2011.

GDF Suez owns 40% of Shuweihat 2, with the remaining 60% owned by Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA), which issued the tender. An affiliate of ADWEA, the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Company (ADWEC) is the sole off-taker of the output in the plant.

Dirk Beeuwsaert, CEO of GDF Suez Energy International, commented: ‘We firmly believe in the energy and water opportunities in the Gulf, which offer long-term off-take contracts within a well-developed legal framework in a region with strong growth.’