Oman’s Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW) has extended the deadline for bids to build a new pumping station at Ghubrah.

Contractors now have until 18 March to submit prices for the construction contract. The original submission date was 4 February.

In November, the Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) awarded a consortium led by Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation the contract to develop an independent water project (IWP) at Ghubrah, located in the Muscat governorate.

Sumitomo, along with Spain’s Cadagua and Malaysia’s Malakoff International Limited (MIL), will establish a project company that will obtain a licence to build-own-operate (BOO) the 42-million-gallon-a-day project. Sumitomo and Malakoff will each have a 45 per cent stake in the project, with Cadagua holding the rest.

Demand for water in the sultanate has increased at a faster rate than anticipated over the past year, prompting PAEW to revise the capacity-building plans for water projects. In June last year, PAEW awarded the local Galfar Engineering & Contracting a RO24m ($62.2m) contract to build a water distribution network in the Wilayat of Nizwa in Al-Dakhiliya governorate.