Oman Power & Water Procurement Company (OPWP) has received five bids to build an independent water project (IWP) at Al-Ghubrah.

The following groups submitted bids:

  • Cobra (Spain), Inima (Spain) and Zubair Corporation (Oman)
  • Hyflux (Singapore), Mitsui (Japan) and Sarooj Construction (Oman)
  • Marubeni (Japan), JGC Corpopration (Japan), National Power & Water Company (Oman) and Qatar Electricity & Water Company (QEWC)
  • Acciona Agua (Spain), Samsung Engineering (South Korea) and Sogex (Oman)
  • Malakoff (Malaysia), Sumitomo Corporation (Japan) and Cadagua (Spain)

Two groups were prequalified, but did not submit an offer:

  • Valoriza (Spain), Septech (UAE) and Brookfield Multiplex (Canada)
  • Tecnicas Reunidas (Spain), Aqualia (Spain) and Orascom (Egypt)

The desalination project will have a capacity of 42 million gallons a day (g/d) of water. The reverse-osmosis plant will help the sultanate meet growing water demand requirements in the Muscat region. The winning developer will need to complete the project within 22 months of notice to proceed.

OPWP is being advised by KPMG Oman, the UK’s SNR Denton and Germany’s Fichtner on the project.

The project was originally set to be developed as an independent water and power project, but the power component of the project was dropped in June 2010 due to environmental concerns associated with the site.