The Oman Power & Water Procurement Company (OPWP) has issued a tender for consultancy services for three independent water projects (IWPs), with a 5 February 2015 deadline.

The work involves providing project management and technical consultancy services during the construction, commissioning and testing of the Barka I phase II expansion, Qurayyat IWP and Sur IWP expansion build, own, operate (BOO) projects.

The $250m Qurayyat IWP, with a reverse osmosis (RO) desalination capacity of 200,000 cubic metres per day (cm/d), was awarded to Singapore’s Hyflux in December 2014.

Sur IWP will be expanded by 50,000cm/d to 130,000cm/d, and is scheduled to begin operations in late 2015. The work will be undertaken by the current owner, Sharqiyah Desalination Company, in which French firm Veolia owns a 35.75 per cent stake.

Saudi Acwa Power signed a contract for the expansion of Barka I RO desalination plant in November 2014. The 57,000cm/d capacity expansion is due to come online by 2016.

OPWP is planning five IWPs, with a combined capacity of more than 500,000cm/d when fully commissioned.

Water demand in Oman (excluding Dhofar) is projected to increase by 6 per cent a year, from 782,000 cm/d in 2013 to 1.2 million cm/d in 2020, according to OPWP figures.