Oman’s Public Authority for Electricity & Water (PAEW) has extended the bid deadline for the contract to expand and upgrade water distribution networks in the Bausher area of Muscat.

Contractors now have until 18 of August to submit bids for the deal. The original submission date was 19 May. The contract is the first package tendered for the project.

Earlier in 2014, PAEW announced it is planning to spend about RO580m ($1.5bn) on new water supply schemes over the next five years, until 2019. The majority of the projects will transport water from existing and planned new desalination plants to urban and outlying rural areas.

One of the major planned transmission schemes will link the proposed Qurayyat independent water project (IWP) to the water grid. Oman Power & Water Procurement Company (OPWP) received prequalification entries from 12 developers in October 2013 for the deal to develop the IWP, which will be located just south of Muscat.

The IWP will have a capacity of up to 46 million gallons a day (g/d), or 207,000 cubic metres a day (cm/d), of water.

The Qurayyat scheme is one of five IWPs that OPWP is planning to tender in 2014, as it seeks to boost the sultanate’s desalinated water capacity.

In its latest seven-year statement, covering the years 2014 to 2020, OPWP has set out plans to issue tenders for five IWPs before the end of the year, which will add a total capacity of 116 million g/d of water to the sultanate’s desalination sector when fully commissioned.

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