Plants will have combined capacity of more than 500,000 cubic metres a day
- Seven bids were submitted on 17 August for the IWP contracts
- Eight had been prequalified for the tender
The Oman Power & Water Procurement Company (OPWP) has received bids from seven groups for the contract to develop the Sohar/Barka IWPs.
MEED reported that OPWP had received bids on 17 August. Eight groups had been prequalified for the tender.
The seven groups that submitted bids, with lead developer first, are:
- Abengoa (Spain) / National Power & Water Company (local) / Muscat Overseas (local)
- GS Inima (Spain) / GS Engineering & Construction (South Korea) / Acciona Agua (Spain) / Oman Investment Corporation (local)
- Hyflux (Singapore)
- Itochu(Japan) / Degremont(France) / WJ Towell (UK)
- JGC Corporation (Japan) / Sojitz(Japan)
- Valoriza (Spain) / Oman Brunei Investment Company (local) / Sogex (local)
- Veolia (France) / Marubeni (Japan) / Nippon Koei (Japan)
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.
OPWP expects to select two different developers for the projects due to their size. The sites were selected due to their proximity to existing infrastructure.
Eight groups had been prequalified for the tender. Five groups had been prequalified unconditionally, and three had been prequalified with conditions. OPWP received prequalification entries from 12 consortiums on 25 March for the two projects.
Earlier in 2015, OPWP signed a water purchase agreement with Singapores Hyflux to develop a 200,000-cm/d IWP at Qurayyat.
Hyflux owns 85 per cent of shares in Qurayyat Desalination Company. Hyflux Utility (Oman) and Hyflux International Modern Channels Services hold the remaining 15 per cent of shares. The Qurayyat independent water project (IWP) will have a capacity of 200,000 cm/d and will use RO technology. The plant is scheduled to be completed in 2017.
Water demand in Oman is expected to rise by more than 6 per cent a year until 2020, according to OPWP.