Veolia wins contract to improve Oman's water grid
French company to develop infrastructure expansion plan
Oman’s Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW) will sign a strategic partnership contract with French company Veolia Water to improve the country’s water grid and enhance the authority’s performance, the Oman Daily Observer cites a senior PAEW official.
Veolia will become a management contractor and strategic alliance partner, according to Zaher Khalid al Sulaimani, director general of projects at the authority. As such it will ‘co-manage’ PAEW operations, as well as bringing the authority in line with best practice standards.
The five year contract will come into effect next year, said the director general, and is part of Oman’s eights five-year plan to upgrade its water infrastructure.
The aim is to boost efficiencies and service levels of the organisation. Veolia will also develop a long term plan to expand the country’s water infrastructure in line with growing demand.
Interest in the tender for this projects was strong, said Sulaimani, with bids from international firms such as Metito Berlinwasser Ranhill, United Utilities International Ltd, Suez Environnement, Veolia EAU, Acciona Aqua Middle East, Severn Trent Services International (UK), Jurong Consultants, Gelsenwasser and TRAMA TTA.