An ACWA Power led consortium with Veolia and DIDIC has been awarded the contract to develop the Salalah Independent Water Project (IWP).
The plant will be located in Salalah, Dhofar region and will have a capacity to generate 25 million gallons per day (95,000 litres) of desalinated water using reverse osmosis technology
The project is being procured by OPWP under a Build-Own-Operate framework on the back of a 20 year Water Purchase Agreement (WPA).
Dhofar Desalination Company SAOC, the project company, will be owned by ACWA Power, Veolia Middle East and Dhofar International Development & Investment Holding Co SAOG (DIDIC).
Paddy Padmanathan, President & CEO of ACWA Power, said: “Water is the most vital commodity for human life as well as a necessity for all enterprises. We are delighted to have been awarded this project and the opportunity to continue supporting Oman as a reliable supplier of desalinated water and power.”
A consortium of Fisia Italimpianti and Abeinsa Infraestructuras Medioambiente will handle the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) of the plant.
Veolia Middle East, NOMAC Oman and Dhofar International Development (DIDIC) will undertake the Operations and Maintenance of the plant.
Thamer Al Sharhan, managing director at ACWA Power, said: “Oman is a strategic country for ACWA Power – our portfolio of six plants can generate over 4,300 MW of power and 42 million gallons per day of desalinated water.
The project will play a key role in meeting the increasing demand for water in Oman, which is expected to average about 6% over the next seven years.