A desalination plant

A desalination plant

Oman to build new seawater desalination plant

August 2017

Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) has announced plans to develop a seawater desalination project in the Dhofar area of the sultanate with a capacity of 100,000 cu m per day, said a report.

OPWP, which oversees procurement of all new water and electricity capacity in the sultanate, has already started an initiative to find a suitable site for the project, reported the Times of Oman, citing a seven-year outlook report released by the company.

The desalination project, called Salalah Four IWP, is expected to generate water in 2022, as the state-owned agency expects the need for a large-scale desalination plant for meeting the growing demand for water.

The new project is required to meet an annual average growth of nine per cent in potable water demand for the next seven years – from 42.6 million cu m in 2016 to 78.4 million cu m in 2023, noted the seven-year outlook report.

The project will be developed by a private player on a build, own, operate (BOO) basis, it added.

Meanwhile, Oman’s Public Authority for Mining (PAM) will sign a contract with SRK Consulting and its supportive companies, Mayer Brown and Wood Mackenzie, to implement a new mining strategy, said a report.

The general strategy for the mining sector is one of the major projects undertaken by the authority as per its mandates shown at its system issued by the Royal Decree No. 49/2014, added the Oman Tribune report.

As per this system, one of the mandates of the authority is to develop a strategy that includes the plans and policies related to the geologic infrastructure of the sultanate and develop the mining system within the framework of the national strategy for development.

PAM has strived to identify the major pillars in preparing Oman Mining Strategy.

To this end, it organised a range of workshops that discussed the major challenges and aspiration of the mining sector to promote mineral wealth in Oman, added the report.

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