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Twelve show interest in Sohar and Barka IWPs

Major international players jostle for two huge water desalination projects in Oman.

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Some of the biggest names in the business are vying to develop a pair of large water desalination plants in Oman.

Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) received 12 separate expressions of interest in the Independent Water Projects (IWPs) at Sohar and Barka on the Batinah coast.

Two successful bidders will go on to secure a licence each to develop, finance, design, engineer, construct, own, operate and maintain either one of the both projects.

Five companies - GDF Suez, Valoriza, Hyflux, Sojitz Corporation, JGC Corporation – have individually expressed interest in the projects, OPWP said on its website.

The remaining seven interested parties are partnerships including Veolia (with Marubeni Corp), Itochu (with Degremont), Tedagua (with Sogex Oman, Korea Water Resources Corporation -- K-Water, UTICO and POSCO E&E), Abengoa (with National Power & Water Company), Aqualia (with Samsung Engineering), GS Inima (GS E&C and Acciona Aqua), and CITIC Construction Co (with Al Sulaimi Group).

"We received a very good response to the RfQ, which goes to show the level of interest from the private sector in this project,” Ahmed bin Saleh al Jahdami, CEO of OPWP, was quoted as saying by The Times of Oman.

“The submissions are currently being evaluated and we hope to issue a Request for Proposals (RfP) to the prequalified firms (in due course). An award will hopefully be announced in September."

The Barka IWP will be the larger of the two schemes with a capacity of 281,000 cubic metres per day (m3/d) of desalinated water, while the Sohar IWP will produce 250,000 m3/d.

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