OPWP plans two new water projects in Al Batinah region

Muscat - 

Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) on Tuesday initiated the per-qualification process for developers to set-up two new independent water projects (IWPs) in Al Batinah region.

The two proposed water desalination plants will have a combined capacity to produce 250,000 cubic meters of water per day and will be located at North Al Batinah and Barka.

In a statement on its website, OPWP announced the qualification process for developers through the launch of a request for qualification (RfQ) tender.

The RfQ documents will be available for purchase till August 16 and developers will have the opportunity till September 16 to submit the bids for the per-qualification process.

‘OPWP is planning to procure two new capacities (100,000 and 150,000 cubic meters per day) which are located in Al Batinah region (Barka and North Al Batinah, respectively). The IWPs are to be developed as a private sector project by an appropriately qualified developer’, OPWP said.

As per OPWP’s latest seven-year statement, the peak water demand in the Main Interconnected System is projected to increase at seven per cent per year, from 974,000 cubic meters per day in 2017 to around 1,580,000 cubic meters per day in 2024.

In a separate tender announcement, OPWP has also sought proposals from interested bidders to carry out an update to its resource options study for electricity sector.

‘The main objective of this study is to provide an update to resource specifications used for medium-term (four-eight years) planning, in addition to enable analysis of long-term (nine-25 years) capacity expansion options for Oman’s power systems’, Oman Power and Water Procurement Company said.

The tender documents will be available till August 14, and interested parties will have opportunity till September 13 to apply for the process.

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