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Sohar desalination plant suffers another outage

Technical problems halt flow of 150,000 m3/d of water at Omani plant for 48 hours.

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The Sohar desalination plant in Oman has suffered another outage due to unspecified technical problems.

Water supply in the North and South Al Batinah and Buraimi Governorates will be disrupted for 48 hours, The Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW) said in a statement.

The PAEW has apologised for the inconvenience caused and advised subscribers to take necessary measures and use water sparingly.

Production at Sohar 1, which has a desalination capacity of 150,000 m3/d of water, was halted twice in May due to technical problems.

An investigation revealed that the main cause of the incident was a rupture of the seawater supply pipe to the Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (Orpic) facilities on May 3.

As the plant is the only major source of desalinated water in North Al Batinah governorate, any disruption has serious consequences for residents in the area.

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