Oman invites interest in independent water project

17 April 2019
Project may also include the development of a small hydropower plant

Oman Power & Water Procurement Company (OPWP) has invited developers to submit expressions of interest (EOI) for a planned independent water project (IWP) at Wadi Dayqah.

The project is planned to have a production capacity of 27.5 million imperial gallons a day (125,000 cubic metres a day). The IWP will be developed as a surface water treatment plant to be located at a site 6.5 kilometres from the Wadi Dayqah dam.

In addition to the desalination capacity, the EOI document states that there is the potential for hydropower generation at the water treatment plant.

Developers have been invited to submit EOIs by 30 April. OPWP is planning to issue the request for qualification in the second quarter of the year, with the request for proposals to follow in the third quarter. The client has set a target of awarding the contract in the first quarter of 2020.

Scheduled commercial operation for the full capacity is required by 31 October 2022, with early water capacity of 9.2 million imperial gallons a day required from 1 April 2022.

OPWP has appointed UK-based PwC as lead financial adviser, multinational law firm Dentons as legal adviser and France’s Artelia as technical consultant.

The appointed developer will enter into a water purchase agreement (WPA) with OPWP and an electricity supply contract with the Muscat Electricity Distribution Company (MEDC).

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