Muscat City Desalination Co. (MCDC): Delivering water to meet the growing needs of Muscat city

Tuesday, 23 May 2017
Category: Other
Countries: Oman
Description: Muscat City Desalination Co. (MCDC) owns and operates the Ghubrah Independent Water Plant, Oman’s largest operating desalination plant located right in the heart of Muscat city, providing clean potable water to enrich lives of its residents. The Plant provides 24% of the current operating capacity of the Interconnected Zone.
Muscat City Desalination Co. (MCDC) is a proud player in Oman’s utility industry, contributing to the wellbeing of its residents by providing one of life’s most precious and vital ingredients i.e. potable water. Oman’s daily water demand has been growing by about 2% – 3% per year, and has been notably increasing in the metropolitan area centered on Muscat. To meet the increasing needs, the Government of Oman launched a competitive bidding process in 2012 for multiple IWPs (Independent Water Projects). Following their successful bid, its shareholders incorporated MCDC to undertake the Project. The Plant has now successfully completed a year of production since its COD (Commercial Operation Date) on 19-Feb-2016.

MCDC is owned by well reputed and experienced shareholders that are global leaders with vast experience in the water industry: Malakoff International (Malaysia), Sumitomo Corporation (Japan) and Cadagua S.A. (Spain).

Malakoff, headquartered in Kuala Lumpur and listed on the Bursa Malaysia Stock Exchange with a market capitalisation of approximately US$2 billion, is the leading and largest IPP in Malaysia. Sumitomo Corporation is one of the leading general trading & investment firms in Japan developing a multifaceted business on a global scale to respond to the diverse needs of customers. Cadagua with more than 45 years of experience in water sector, is well known in Spain and abroad as a pioneer and leading company in the field of engineering and construction of water, wastewater treatment and desalination plants.

The Plant has a capacity of 42 MIGD (191,000 m3/d) and the SWRO (Sea Water Reverse Osmosis) technology employed at the Plant is a proven technology that has been implemented globally on numerous projects.

Speaking on the success of the Plant operations, and the future of its contribution to Muscat city’s water needs, Yaqoob bin Saif Al Kiyumi, Acting Chief Executive Officer OPWP said, “We are extremely pleased with the development and commissioning of the Ghubrah IWP developed by MCDC. Guided by the vision of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, Oman has made giant strides over the last 4 decades to bring people sustainable progress and prosperity, and water is an essential utility that is of fundamental importance. The successful operation of the Plant will help meet the growing demand for water which forms the bedrock of all the development and growth plans of the country.”

Subrina Thiagarajah, CEO, MCDC, “MCDC is very proud to be a contributor to Oman, and in being able to deliver potable water to a vibrant city like Muscat. Our strategic location, in the heart of Muscat, enables us to deliver this life-essential faster to a young and modern metropolis. The Plant has good availability and is providing largely uninterrupted water supply. We thank our stakeholders, EHC, PAEW, and OPWP for their immense support right through the development and the commencement of the operations of the Plant, and we look forward to continue working with them in the future.”

The Plant is operated by Muscat City Desalination Operations & Maintenance Company (MCDOMC), a company that is owned by the same shareholders of MCDC. With its majority consisting of Omani operators, a team of 37 professionals ensure that the Plant produces very high quality water according to global best practices and delivers on a 24/7 basis. A comprehensive maintenance program guarantees the Plant’s continuous availability.

MCDC practices high standards of Social Responsibility. “Water is crucial to sustaining life, supporting economic prosperity and growth, and contributing to a better quality of life, particularly in the face of a growing population of Sultanate of Oman. MCDC endeavours to be socially accountable and responsible in strict compliance to environmental aspects.” Subrina added.

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