The local Hassan bin Juma bin Baker has been awarded a contract worth RO 20.4 million ($52.3 million) to install a potable water supply system to serve the Ibra, Al-Qabil and Budiyan wilayats. Hassan bin Juma was low bidder for the work when bids were submitted in June (MEED 25:6:04).
The scope of works calls for construction of water storage tanks at Al-Kamil, Ibra, Al-Qabil and Budiyan, a water transmission pipeline from source works in Al-Kamil and up to 15 tanker points along the route, six of them optional. The contract also includes construction of a ground level tank at Mudayrib Jebal and, provisionally, two more at Maatared Jebal and Ad Dharir Jebal. The existing wellfield at Al-Kamil is to be expanded. The UK's Mott MacDonaldis the consultant. The initial pumping capacity of the scheme will meet estimated potable water requirements up to 2015. However, the transmission system is designed to have capacity to meet water requirements up to 2030 and is part of a wider programme to supply desalinated water from a new plant planned at Sur to the entire Al-Sharqiyah region, which is to be implemented as an independent water project (IWP - MEED 10:9:04).