The Oman Power & Water Procurement Company (OPWP) is evaluating prequalification documents for two independent water projects (IWPs).

The utility company received prequalification entries on 25 March for the water projects. The Barka IWP will have a capacity of 280,000 cubic metres a day (cm/d), while the Sohar IWP will have a capacity of 250,000 cm/d. Both plants will use reverse osmosis (RO) technology.

OPWP received prequalification entries from 12 international companies and consortiums.

With the lead partners first, they are:

Tender documents will be released to the above companies in April, before a list of prequalifiers is finalised in early May. This is to give developers more time to prepare their bids before a deadline in mid-to-late 2015, according to the OPWP.

OPWP expects to select two different developers for the projects due to their size. The sites were selected due to their proximity to existing infrastructure.

OPWP recently signed a water purchase agreement with Hyflux to develop a 200,000-cm/d IWP at Qurayyat.

Water demand in Oman is expected to rise by more than 6 per cent a year until 2020, according to the OPWP.