Oman’s Ministry of Regional Municipalities & Water Resources has invited contractors to submit bids for the contract to build a new groundwater recharge dam in the Ibri area of the sultanate.

Companies have until 7 September to submit bids for the contract to construct a groundwater recharge dam.

The project is part of the country’s efforts to boost its groundwater resources. The Oman Power & Water Procurement Company (OPWP) is pushing ahead with a major programme to increase  desalination capacity, with many areas of the country facing water shortages due to rapidly rising demand.

OPWP has prequalified eight groups to bid for the Sohar and Barka independent water projects (IWPs). The Barka IWP will have a capacity of 280,000 cubic metres a day (cm/d), while the Sohar IWP will have a capacity of 250,000 cm/d. Both plants will use reverse osmosis (RO) technology. Bids for both contracts are due on 17 August.