Four consortiums led by prominent international developers—JGC, GS Inima, ACWA, and Tedagua—are bidding for a license to develop the IWP, which will have a desalination capacity of 17.6 million imperial gallons per day (MIGD).
The plant is expected to start operations in the third quarter of 2019, aimed at meeting growing demand for potable water. A request for proposal (RfP) for two IWPs—Sahrqiyah and Salalah IWPs—was issued in March 2016 by OPWP, which oversees all new water and power capacity in the Sultanate.
Al Kiyumi also said that another IWP in the Sultanate’s southern Salalah region, which will have a desalination capacity of 22 MIGD, got delayed and the same will be awarded in the fourth quarter of 2017. “There are (certain) administrative aspects, which we are trying to resolve before awarding the project.”
The proposed projects will be given to private developers on a build, own, and operate (BOO) basis. The Salalah plant is expected to be brought into commercial operation in 2020. Salalah, the capital of the Dhofar governorate, accounted for around 81 per cent of the total water consumption in 2016.