Oman Power and Water Procurement Company recently signed a number of deals with an ACWA Power-led consortium with Veolia and DIDIC in order to establish the Salalah Independent Water Project (IWP). The proposed plant will have a capacity to generate 25 million gallons per day of desalinated water using reverse osmosis technology and is procured by Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP).
It is intended that with the successful completion and execution of the project Dhofar region’s demand for water which is expected to increase by an average of six percent per annum over the next seven years will be adequately met. Dhofar Desalination Company, the company established for the execution of this project, will be owned by ACWA Power, Veolia Middle East and Dhofar International Development & Investment Holding Co (DIDIC.
Yaqoob Bin Saif Al Kiyumi, CEO of Oman Power and Water Procurement Company said: “This project is considered as the first standalone water desalination project in the Governorate of Dhofar and would positively contribute to security of water supply.”
He added that the project would cost more than OR60 million ($155.8 million) to build and would be operational by 2020.
The engineering, procurement, and construction of the plant will be handled by a consortium of Fisia Italimpianti and Abeinsa Infraestructuras Medioambiente while the operations and maintenance of the plant will be undertaken by a consortium led by Veolia Middle East with NOMAC Oman and DIDIC.
Paddy Padmanathan, president & CEO of ACWA Power, said: “Water is a vital resource for development and human life, and we are pleased to work in partnership with OPWP to deliver desalinated water to the region. This project is one of a number of projects we are currently working on in the Sultanate and we look forward to continue to supply power and water at an economical cost.”
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