Salalah Independent Water Project will play key role in meeting Dhofar's rising demand for water
Oman Power and Water Procurement Company has signed a number of agreements to establish the Salalah Independent Water Project (IWP) with an ACWA Power-led consortium with Veolia and DIDIC.
The plant, which will have a capacity to generate 25 million gallons per day of desalinated water using reverse osmosis technology, is procured by Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP).
The project will be vital in meeting Dhofar region’s demand for water, which is expected to increase by an average of six percent per annum over the next seven years, a statement said.
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), it added.
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.
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.”
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.