Oman’s Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW) has invited contractors to submit bids for the contract to expand and upgrade water distribution networks in Bausher, Muscat.

The contract is the first package tendered for the project to upgrade the Bausher water infrastructure. Contractors have until 19 May to submit bids for the water network package.

The PAEW recently announced that it is planning to spend about RO580m ($1.5bn) on new water supply projects 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 projects will link the proposed Qurayyat independent water project (IWP) to the water grid. The Oman Power & Water Procurement Company (OPWP) received prequalification entries from 12 developers in October 2013 for the contract to develop the Qurayyat independent water project (IWP), which will be located just south of the capital Muscat.

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

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

In its latest 7-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 MIGD to the sultanate’s desalination sector when fully commissioned.