Sumitomo Corp scores Oman IWP
Consortium set to work on Al Ghubrah water project
Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation, together with Malakoff Corporation and Cadagua, have announced a major project win from the Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP). The group is set to work on an new IWP in Oman’s Al Ghubrah, using reverse osmosis technology.
The project will see the consortium work on a new desalination plant with a daily capacity of 190,000 cubic metres. It will be undertaken on a build-own-operate basis, will the facility then operated and maintained for 20 years.
Commercial operation is currently scheduled to start in September 2014.
Sumitomo Corporation and Malakoff (based in Malaysia) will both hold 45% of shares in the project company, and will establish an operation and maintenance firm. The firms are already business partners – in Bahrain’s Hidd Power Company IWPP, which was the first IWP project in the country.
Oman’s current daily water demand stands at around 700,000 cubic metres, and is forecast to rise by between two and three percent each year. The Al Ghubrah plant will produce water equivalent to the daily usage of 800,000 people.