Khasab IWP tender evokes good response

Muscat - 

As many as 13 local and international companies (some of them in consortium) have evinced interest in developing the new independent water project (IWP) in Khasab.

Oman Power and Water Procurement Co (OPWP) on Monday said the project’s request for qualification (RfQ) tender, which closed on December 11, has elicited interest from 13 applicant companies and consortiums.

OPWP expects the new plant to add approximately 16,000 m3 per day of new water desalination capacity. The IWP is to be developed as a private sector project.

The tender was launched in October last year.

“The evaluation of the statement of qualifications is currently under way and applicants will be informed of the status of their qualification after the necessary approvals are obtained, “ OPWP said in a statement issued on Monday.

The project will be structured as an IWP with OPWP purchasing the potable water produced by the project under a water purchase agreement with a term of 20 years.

The companies and consortiums which have submitted their statement of qualifications are: Consortium led by Spanish firm Abengoa Water; ACWA Emirates consortium; Saudi Arabia-based Al Fanar Energy; Spanish firm GS Inima; consortium led by Omani firm House of Trading & Services LLC; consortium led by Dubai-headquartered company Metito; Australian desalination and waste-water treatment company Osmoflow; consortium of Omani firm Romman Premium Enterprise LLC; consortium of Saudi Arabia's SETE Energy; Seven Seas consortium; Spanish firm Tedagua which specialises in the design, construction and operation of complex water treatment plants; the UAE-based regional full service utilities provider Utico; and Veolia Middle East.

Given the demand for water in Khasab, OPWP wants the plant to be in commercial operation in the fourth quarter of 2019.

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