Sharqiyah to expand Sur Desalination plant in Oman
Veolia-led venture agrees to add 10.6 MIGD to existing facility.
Oman’s Sharqiyah Desalination Company has signed an agreement to expand the 80,000 cm3 Sur Desalination plant 160 kms south west of Muscat.
Under the amended Water Purchase Agreement (WPA) with state-owned Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP), the Veolia-led company will add 10 MIGD (50,000 cm3) to what is already the largest Independent Water Project (IWP) in Oman, according to a statement to the Muscat Securities Exchange.
The expansion project will be developed on a BOO (Build, Own, Operate) basis and will be located adjacent to the existing reverse osmosis project at Sur to benefit from synergies.
Veolia Water Middle East owns a 35.75% stake in the project with Oman’s National Power and Water Company (NPW) holding 29.25% and the remaining equity free floating in the Muscat.
The additional water capacity produced by the expansion project will help in meet the projected demand for potable water in the Sharqiyah region.
The Company will proceed for obtaining approval from the Shareholders and project financiers to take the Water Expansion Project forward, the statement said.