Muscat to build emergency water reservoirs
Al Hassan Engineering signs deal to build emergency storage reservoirs
Oman’s Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW) has contracted Al Hassan Engineering Company to build Phase 1 of an emergency water storage reservoirs project in the Muscat Governorate, according to the Oman Daily Observer. PAEW is set to oversee the development of a number of emergency reservoirs around Muscat to automatically deploy resources in the event of a water shortage or technical failure. The scheme will also maintain water supplies if operations at Ghubrah and Barka desalination plants are interrupted.
Under the deal, Al Hassan will construct six emergency water reservoirs at four locations around the capital – Qurum, Ruwi, Al Wadi al Kabir and Wattayah. The largest, at Qurum, will have two tanks, with a combined capacity of 146,000 cubic metres. Al Hassan will build reinforced concrete covered reservoirs, as well as taking responsibility for the construction of related infrastructure such as access roads, pump systems and connections to the local water network. Total capacity of the reservoirs will be 216,000 cubic metres.
Tendering for the project was started in July last year, with seven firms – including Galfar Engineering, National United Engineering and Target LLC – competing to run the scheme.