Oman’s Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW) has awarded a contract to UAE-based Septech to install a mobile desalination in Muscat.

The plant will be capable of supplying nearly 10 per cent of the daily potable water needs of 1 million residents in the Omani capital.

The project will be comprised of a series of containers that can be deployed rapidly. The facility will be movable – either in its entirety or in individual sections.

At full capacity, 24 systems will be used to convert 60 million litres of seawater into 22.7 million litres of drinking water.

But this volume is expected to decline over time as permanent desalination facilities are brought online.

Septech has chosen the US’ General Electric Water and Process Technologies to supply the mobile water assets.