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Oman floats tender to build temporary desal plants

The selected company will be expected to produce water until some major new projects go on stream

NEWS, Projects, Oman, Oman Power and Water Procurement Company, Water

Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) has floated a tender for setting up temporary water desalination plants to meet the growing water demand in the country.

The selected company wIll be expected to produce water until some major new projects go on stream. 

Demand for potable water in Oman’s northern region, which include Muscat governorate, is projected to grow by 6% per annum in the next five years, from 238 million cubic metres in 2013 to 349 million cubic metres in 2020.

This compares to previous seven-year forecasts in which average annual growth was in the range of three to five per cent, according to a seven-year outlook for power and water demand released by OPWP. 

Five companies — Aflaj Al Khaleej Trading & Contracting Company, Ismoflow, Seven Seas, House of Trading and Services and Advanced Oilfield Technology – have already submitted bids.

Several water desalination projects, including major projects at Barka, Sohar, Quriyyat, Salalah and Duqm, are at different stages of implementation and tendering.

A new desalination plant at Qurayyat with a capacity of 200,000 cubic metres per day will start production in 2017 and another desalination plant in Salalah with a capacity of up to 20 million imperial gallon per day is expected to start operation in 2019.

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