Oman shortlists seven for new IWP
Consortia involving major international players lined up for 530,000 m3/d project.
As many as seven consortiums have submitted bids to build Oman's largest independent water project (IWP).
The desalination plant will be spread over two locations in Barka and Sohar but have a total combined production capacity of 530,000 m3/d of water.
According to Oman Power and Water Procurement Co (OPWP), the seven consortiums that have submitted bids are: Abengoa Water SL (with National Power and Water Co and Muscat Overseas LLC); GS Inima Environment SA (with GS Engineering and Construction, Acciona Aqua and Oman Investment Corporation); Hyflux (on its own); Itochu Corporation (with Degremont, International Power SA Dubai branch, and WJ Towell and Co); JGC Corporation (with Sojit Corporation); Valoriza Agua SL (with Oman Brunei Investment Co and Sogex Oman); and, Veolia Middle East (with Marubeni Corporation and Nippon Koei).
In June, OPWP selected eight consortiums for the main tender. The Abengoa, GDF Suez (now Engie), Hyflux, Valoriza and Veolia consortiums were qualified unconditionally, while GS Inima, Itochu and JGC Corporation were qualified conditionally.
The contract is expected to be awarded in November this year and commercial operations at both sites will be targeted for 2018.
Water demand in the northern region, comprising the Interconnected Zone and Sharqiyah Zone, is projected to increase by 6% per year, from 226 million m3 in 2015 to 328 million m3 in 2021, according to figures by Oman Power and Water Procurement Co (OPWP).