Muscat: Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) has floated tenders inviting bids from consultancy firms for project management and technical consultancy services for building two independent water projects – one each in Salalah and Sharqiayah.
The consultant will provide project management services during the construction, commissioning and testing phase of these two independent water projects, which will be implemented by private developers on a build-own-operate basis. The last date for submitting the bid is March 26, 2017.
These new water projects, floated for selecting a private developer, are expected to substantially enhance availability of potable water in the country's southern and northern regions.
The demand for potable water in Salalah is projected to grow at eight per cent, while peak water demand will increase from 75,000 cubic metres per day in 2013 to 132,000 cubic metres per day in 2020. A combination of population growth and industrial development, including tourism projects, is cited as a major reason for the growth in demand for potable water.
The plants in Salalah and Sharqiayah are slated to start commercial operations in the third quarter of 2019 and the second quarter of 2020, respectively.