Oman signs deal for temporary desalination

Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) has signed an agreement with Muscat Water to establish temporary desalination plants in Quriyat, Muscat and Aseela in South A'Sharqiyah.

Public Authority for Electricity and Water chairman, Mohammed bin Abdullah al-Mahrouqi has said the agreements to set up temporary water facilities were among alternatives adopted by PAEW to find measures to address shortages in water in Quriyat and the Governorates of South and North A'Sharqiyah.

"There will be expansion in the Sur desalination plant and is expected to be completed in 2016, so we decided that there is a need to have another station to support the existing station to feed the governorates of South and North A'Sharqiyah," said the PAEW chairman.

The desalination plant in the 8,000 m³/d Wilayat of Quriyat will run until the end of June of this year while the 10,000 m³/d Aseela station in the governorate of South A'Sharqiyah will operate until the end of July of this year.

The scope of the project includes the design, construction, ownership, operation and maintenance of a reverse osmosis desalination plant. Under the agreement, OPWP will purchase the potable water produced by the project under a water purchase agreement.

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