OPWP awards BOT contract on Sharqiyah desalination plant

Japanese engineers JGC Corporation have won a build, own, and operate contract for a new desalination plant in Oman, with Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction as contractor.

The project will be developed and operated over 20 years by special purpose vehicle Al Asilah Desalination Company, of which JGC Corp owns 75 per cent; 20 per cent is owned by United Infrastructure Development Company (UIDC), a unit of Bahwan Engineering Group, Oman; and Doosan holds 5 per cent.

The contract is for a seawater reverse osmosis plant of 80,000 m3/d situated in Sharqiyah, south of Omani capital Muscat, to complete by April 2021. The off-taker is Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP).

The total project cost of JPY 20 billion ($180 million) will be financed partly by MUFG Bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, and Shinsei Bank.

JGC Corp stated that it was selected for “innovations in energy reduction and ability to keep low the unit cost of the water produced.”

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