Veolia-led firm to expand Sur desalination plant in Oman

Oman’s Sharqiyah Desalination Company has signed an agreement to expand the 80,000 cubic metres a day Sur desalination plant.

Under an amended water purchase agreement with state-owned Oman Power and Water Procurement Company, the Veolia-led Sharqiyah will add 50,000 cubic metres a day to what is already the largest independent water project in Oman, according to a statement to the Muscat Securities Exchange.
The expansion project will be developed on a build, own, operate basis and will be located adjacent to the existing reverse osmosis project at Sur 160 km south west of Muscat.
Veolia Water Middle East owns a 35.75% stake in the project with Oman’s National Power and Water Company holding 29.25% and the remaining equity free floating in the Muscat Exchange.
The additional water capacity of the expansion project will help in meet the projected demand for potable water in the Sharqiyah region.
Sharqiyah Desalination Company said it will seek approval from shareholders and project financiers to take the Sur expansion Project forward.