A major independent water project - being developed by Saudi-based Acwa Power in consortium with French utility company Veolia and Oman-based Dhofar International Development and Investment Holding Company (Didic) - in the Salalah region of Oman is set for commercial operations, said a report.
One of the largest players in Oman, Acwa Power is a major developer and operator of power and desalinated water plants headquartered in Riyadh.
The 25 million imperial gallons per day (MIGD) capacity project is being set up near Mirbat outside Salalah at an investment of $160 million, reported Oman Observer.
The Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) of the plant is being handled by a consortium of Fisia Italimpianti SpA (part of Webuild of Italy) and Abengoa Agua of Spain, while the operations and maintenance are being undertaken by a consortium led by Veolia Middle East with Nomac Oman and DIDIC.
In a recent post, Fisia Italimpianti announced that commissioning of the IWP is entering its final stage, with three of the five reverse osmosis (RO) units already producing water.
The project’s Commercial Operation Date (COD) comes less than three years after the Omani government, represented by Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (Member of Nama Group) the sole procurer of all electricity and water capacity in the Sultanate, signed a number of agreements with the project company to establish the Salalah IWP.
Under the 20-year Water Purchase Agreement signed by OPWP with Dhofar Desalination Company, the latter has committed to building a modern facility based on RO technology.