A potable water scheme designed to harness the surface water resources of the Wadi Dayqah Dam near Muscat, Oman, is expected to be operational by the year 2022, reported The Oman Observer.
The project will have important ramifications for the Qurayat Wilayat’s once lucrative agriculture industry, according to a report by the Supreme Council for Planning (SCP).
“The dam will contribute to the development of agriculture in the wilayat of Qurayat due to the availability of a cost-effective, sustainable, and quality water supply, which will increase agricultural economic return, thus leading to the development of this sector in the Sultanate,” the SCP report said.
“The development of agriculture will lead to agricultural products diversification and build a new generation of farmers who use modern irrigation techniques, turning agriculture into a stable and profitable source of income. The dam will also reduce the impact of droughts,” it added.
Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) has launched a competitive process for the procurement of an independent water project (IWP) that will harness Wadi Dayqah’s surface water potential.
In April, the utility — part of Nama Group — invited Expressions of Interest (EoI) from interested private investors for the development of the nation’s first-ever IWP based on the treatment of surface water resources.
The IWP centres on the development, financing, design, engineering, construction, ownership, operation and maintenance of a surface water treatment plant with a net production capacity of 125,000 cu m per day (27.5 MIGD — million imperial gallons per day). The project is scheduled for commercial launch by October 31, 2022, with around 72,000 cu m per day (9.2 MIGD) of capacity to be brought on stream by April 1, 2022.