South Korean-based global construction heavyweight GS Engineering & Construction (GS E&C) has announced that consortiums led by its wholly-owned Spanish subsidiary, GS Inima, have secured mandates to build a pair of major Independent Water Projects (IWPs) in the Sultanate with a combined investment of over $400 million.

The first of these water desalination schemes will come up at Ghubrah in Muscat Governorate, while the other is planned at Barka in South Al Batinah Governorate.

Wholly financed, developed and operated by the private sector, both projects will help meet robust potable water demand growth in the capital city, as well as the populous Batinah belt over the long term.