Oman water demand to rise 70% by 2017
New desalination facility required to help meet rising demand
Domestic-sector demand for desalinated water in Oman is set to increase from 163 million cubic metres from 2010, to 278 million cubic metres by 2017, according to a report by the Oman Daily Observer.
An average annual growth rate in the demand for potable and industrial water will contribute heavily to this 70 per cent increase and, according to the Oman Power and Water Procurement Co, demand will be met through the construction of a new power and desalination plant.
Procured as an independent water project, the plant is planned to provide around 42 million imperial gallons of desalinated water per day, and should be online in 2014. Based on a reverse osmosis system, it will be located adjacent to the Ghubrah Power and Desalination plant, which is scheduled to be decommissioned over the next two years.