Salalah: Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWPC) celebrated on Wednesday the inking of a number of agreements with a consortium to set up the Salalah Independent Water Desalination Plant at a cost of OMR60 million
The agreement for the 25 million gallons per day plant was signed with a consortium that included Acwa Power of Saudi Arabia, Veolia Middle East of French and Dhofar International Development and Investment Holding.
The ceremony was held under the sponsorship of Sayyid Mohammed bin Sultan Al Busaidi, Minister of State and Governor of Dhofar in the presence of a number of local officials, representatives of the consortium and electricity sector in the Sultanate. The programme included a presentation on Salalah Independent Water Desalination Plant.
According to the agreement OPWPC, a member of Nama Group, will be the sole purchaser of power and water in the Sultanate, has signed a 20 year Water Purchase Agreement (WPA) with Dhofar Desalination Company; a company owned by ACWA Power 50.1 per cent, Veolia Middle East 35 per cent and Dhofar International Development & Investment Holding Co. SAOG 14.9 per cent.
The plant, which is expected to start commercial operation in 2020, has a capacity to generate 25 million gallons per day of desalinated water using reverse osmosis technology.
The project will meet the needs of 6 per cent annual growth in demand for desalinated water during the coming seven years.