Bahrain has prequalified 13 international and regional firms to build a water desalination and power plant, the Middle East Economic Digest (MEED) said.
The Addur plant will have capacity of at least 500 MW of power by 2010, increasing to as much as 2,000 MW the following year, the London-based magazine reported on its Web site on Wednesday.
It did not say where it got the information.
The prequalified firms include the UK's International Power, Japan's Sumitomo Corp, Korea Electric Power Corp, India's Reliance Energy Ltd, France's Suez and Abu Dhabi Energy Company (Taqa).
Demand for water and electricity in Bahrain is rising as a construction boom sweeps the region, fuelled by oil income.
International firms vie for Bahrain power plant