Bids invited for Ras al-Had desal

11 November 2002

The Ministry of Housing, Electricity & Water has invited bids by 16 December for the contract to build a desalination plant to supply water to the Ras al-Had area. Prospective bidders have until 27 November to collect tender documents for the scheme, which is estimated to be worth RO 2 million ($5 million).

The main elements of the project are: the installation of a 1,200-cubic-metre-a-day (cm/d) reverse osmosis (RO) desalination unit; the construction of a concrete pumping house incorporating two pumping units; and the supply and installation of a 250-kV power generation unit. The selected contractor will also build a distribution network, a 350-cubic-metre concrete distribution reservoir and extensive infrastructure works.

Parsons International, part of Parsons Group Oman Engineering, is the project consultant. The plant is the first phase of a water transmission and distribution programme planned for the isolated Ras al-Had, an area which is earmarked for a number of tourism developments.

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