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Oman floats consultancy tender for water projects

The two projects located at Barka and Sohar in Oman’s Batinah coast have a combined capacity of 531,000 cubic meters per day

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Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) has floated a tender for supervisory consultancy services on two major water desalination projects.

The two projects located at Barka and Sohar in Oman’s Batinah coast have a combined capacity of 531,000 cubic meters per day (116.8 million imperial gallons per day).

The consultant will provide project management and technical consultancy services during the construction, commissioning and testing of Barka and Sohar independent water projects. The last date for submission for the consultancy tender is January 10, 2016.

The projects are being implemented by the winners on a build-own-operate basis under the terms of water purchase agreements with OPWP , the company said in a tender announcement.

The Barka IWP, with a planned desalination capacity of 281,000 cubic metres per day (61.8 MIGD), will be the largest of the two schemes. The Sohar water desalination project, meanwhile, will have an estimated capacity of 250,000 cubic metres per day (55 MIGD) of water. As water-only schemes, the two projects will not have any new power generation facilities co-located on the site, but electricity will be supplied from the grid.

The projects are expected to significantly enhance the availability of potable water in the northern region, as the entire country grapples with water supply shortages triggered by the increasing population growth.

Meanwhile, seven multinational developers from Singapore, Japan, France and Spain are competing for Oman’s largest independent water desalination project, reported Oman Times.
The consortiums that submitted bids in August for building the venture are Abengoa Water, Itochu Corporation, JGC, GS Inima Environment SA, Veolia Middle East, Valoriza Agua SL and Hyflux Ltd, according to an earlier tender notification.

OPWP , the sole procurer of new power generation and water desalination capacity, earlier floated the tender, inviting bids from major developers for building the project. The water schemes in both project locations are slated for commercial operation by April 2018.

The seven transnational companies leading the consortiums have joined hands with 13 local companies in submitting their bids.
For instance, Abengoa has tied up with National Power and Water Company and Muscat Overseas, while GS Inima has formed a consortium with GS Engineering & Construction, Acciona Aqua and Oman Investment Corporation.

Similarly, Veolia has formed a consortium with Marubeni Corporation and Nippon Koei; Valoriza formed its ownconsortium with Oman Brunei Investment Company and Sogex Oman; and JGC with JGC Corporation and Tochu Corporation formed a consortium with Degremont, International Power and W J Towell. However, Hyflux, which is developing the Quriyyat desalination project, is bidding for the project on its own.

Further, GDF Suez, which was pre-qualified for the project, did not submit a bid for the project.

The demand for potable water in Oman’s northern region is projected to grow by six per cent per annum in seven years, from 238 million cubic metres in 2013 to 349 million cubic metres in 2020.

Previous seven-year forecasts showed a three to five per cent average annual growth rate, according to a seven-year outlook for power and water demand released by Oman Power and Water Procurement Company last year.

Increased population growth, construction and industrialisation continue to be the main cause for unprecedented growth in demand for potable water.

The desperate need for water has forced governments to devise interim measures such as building of temporary desalination plants as it awaits completion of major projects.

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