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Oman opens bids for Qurayat water project

Desalination facility south of Muscat will produce 200,000 cm/day

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Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) has opened the bids for the development of a new seawater desalination project in Qurayat in South Muscat.

The scope of the project includes the construction, ownership, and operation of a high efficiency desalination facility with 200,000 cubic metres per day (44 MIGD) of Potable Water output.

The project will be structured as an Independent Water Project (IWP) with OPWP purchasing the offtake under a 20-year Water Purchase Agreement.
Ahmed al Jahdhami, CEO of OPWP, said: “This project would be a vital addition to the main system as it is amongst a series of major projects undertaken by the company in the coming years.

“The project is anticipated to create jobs for the nationals and opportunities for business owners.

"Additionally, as the project is located in a rural and residential environment, the company has given this aspect its utmost attention to ensure that the setting of the Plant buildings is architecturally sympathetic to its surroundings and beneficial to the overall landscape."

The Request for Proposal (RfP) was released in April this year to the seven prequalified companies after passing the first stage of prequalification as a result of the Request for Qualifications (RfQ), which was floated by the Tender Board in September 2013.

Six pre-qualified applicants submitted the final bid; a consortium led by Tedagua, a consortium led by Hyflux, a consortium led by Sumitomo, a consortium led by Valoriza, a consortium led by Itochu and a consortium led by Abengoa.

The bid evaluation is expected to result in the award and execution of all project agreements with the successful bidder by beginning of 2015 and the plant to enter into commercial operation by the second quarter of 2017.

The company has specified a minimum of 18.5% as the proportion of Omani content of the Qurayat IWP and the proportion of the required Omanisation is ranging between 50% in the first year of operation and 80% in the fifth year.

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