Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) will next month award a tender for an independent seawater desalination project in Sharqiyah, Yaqoob bin Saif Al Kiyumi, CEO, OPWP was quoted by local media as saying.
Four consortiums led by prominent international developers—JGC, GS Inima, ACWA, and Tedagua—are bidding for a license to develop the IWP, which will have a desalination capacity of 17.6 million imperial gallons per day (MIGD).
“There are (certain) administrative aspects, which we are trying to resolve before awarding the project,” said Al Kiyumi.
The plant is expected to start operations in the third quarter of 2019, aimed at meeting growing demand for potable water, according to Times of Oman.
A request for proposal (RfP) for two IWPs—Sahrqiyah and Salalah IWPs—was issued in March 2016 by OPWP, which oversees all new water and power capacity in the Sultanate. Al Kiyumi also said that another IWP in the Sultanate’s southern Salalah region, which will have a desalination capacity of 22 MIGD, got delayed and the same will be awarded in the fourth quarter of 2017.
Total investment for both the desalination projects is estimated at OMR105 million, according to earlier reports.
The proposed projects will be given to private developers on a build, own, and operate (BOO) basis. The Salalah plant is expected to be brought into commercial operation in 2020.