Oman’s Public Authority for Electricity & Water (PAEW) has invited contractors to prequalify for the project to construct a water transmission system from Sohar to the Dahirah governorate.

Firms have until 16 May to submit entries.

Demand for water in the sultanate is continuing to grow at a rapid rate. Consumption of potable water in the Main Interconnected Zone (MIZ) and the Sharqiyah zone is expected to increase by 6 per cent a year, from 226 million cubic metres a day (cm/d) in 2015 to 328 million cm/d in 2021.

MEED reported in December that two groups had been awarded deals to develop independent water projects (IWPs) in the sultanate.

A group led by Japan’s Itochu and the UK/French Engie was awarded the contract to develop the Barka IWP, and a group led by Spain’s Valoriza has been appointed to develop the Sohar IWP.

The Barka IWP will have a capacity of 280,000 cm/d, while the Sohar IWP will have a capacity of 250,000 cm/d. Both plants will use reverse osmosis (RO) technology.