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Muscat desal plant set to begin trials

Project in Al Ghubra neighbourhood could help ease water shortages in the Omani capital.

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Trial operations at the new water desalination plant in the Muscat suburb of Al Ghubra are set to begin on Thursday, according to an official from the Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW).

The 191,000 m3 per day plant is scheduled to gradually ramp up to full capacity in mid-September.

“The new desalination plant in Ghubra will start functioning from Thursday and we hope this will address the water crisis in the city,” the official told Muscat Daily.

The announcement will come as good news for many, especially looking at last month’s water crisis wherein neighbourhoods in Darsait, Muttrah, Wadi Kabir and Ruwi were left reeling from a prolonged dry spell.

With no water in taps, residents were forced to pay for water supply from private tankers or had to depend on friends in localities not affected by the cut.

Besides the Ghubra plant, seven more desalination plants in Oman are scheduled over the next four years.

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