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Eight firms vie for three water projects in Oman

The three desalination projects will together add 52.8 million imperial gallons per day of new capacity to the country’s rapidly expanding domestic water generation capacity

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Eight international companies have been pre-qualified to bid for developing independent water projects (IWPs) at Salalah, Shaqiyah and Duqm.

The Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP), which oversees the procurement of all new electricity generation and water desalination capacity in the country, said that these firms comprise a consortium of International Company for Water and Power Projects, Veolia Middle East and Dhofar International Development and Investment; a consortium between Degremont Middle East and Itochu Corporation; GS Inima Environment, Hyflux, JGC Corporation, Marubeni Corporation, Sembcorp Utilities and Tecnicas de Desalination de Aguas.

The companies are selected after a request for qualification (RfQ) tender floated by the state-owned OPWP in December last year, reported Times of Oman.

The successful bidder or bidders will secure a mandate for the development, financing, design, engineering, construction, ownership, operation and maintenance of one or more of the independent water projects.

The three water schemes will together add 52.8 million imperial gallons per day (MIGD) of new capacity to the country’s rapidly expanding domestic water generation capacity.

According to earlier reports, the proposed Salalah and Sharqiya desalination projects will have capacities of 22 MIGD and 17.6 MIDG, respectively. Similarly, Duqm IWP will have a water desalination capacity of 13.2 MIGD.

This is aimed at meeting the growing demand for water in different regions. To meet the growing demand for potable water a commercial operation date for the plants is being targeted in early 2019 for Salalah independent water project and the second quarter of 2020 for Sharqiyah independent water project.

Demand for potable water in Oman’s northern region, which include Muscat governorate, is projected to grow by six per cent per annum in the next five year horizon, from 238 million cubic metres in 2013 to 349 million cubic metres in 2020.

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