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In addition to the 16 bidders that were initially considered “responsive” to Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority’s (GBRA) RFQ to conduct a feasibility study for a regional seawater desal project, four “non-responsive” offers were immediately dismissed. And, in a preliminary review, three additional responses from developers who proposed to construct a merchant plant to furnish water on a take-or-pay basis, were also rejected.

Even with the early castoffs, Jim Murphy, the Authority’s COO and executive manager of water resources and utility operations, told WDR that the review team still has a lot of work ahead of it. “We received proposals from very credible teams that included all the major national and international desal consultants. We expect to begin interviewing teams in November, and would like to have four to six teams shortlisted by mid-January.

“The Texas Legislature meets in January, and we would like to take advantage of the Legislative session [which meets for one 140-day session in each odd-numbered year] to build project interest and support,” said Murphy.

The study will consider a project with an initial production capacity of 25 MGD (94,625 m3/d) and it includes the option of providing a co-located 500 MW electric power generation facility.

Volume 48
Issue 41
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