Muscat City Desalination Company plans to float an Initial Public Offering (IPO) on the Muscat Securities Market (MSM) in the third quarter of this year.

Muscat City Desalination Company (MCDC), which owns and operates the 42 million imperial gallons per day (MIGD) capacity Al Ghubra independent water project, has to divest a stake in the favour of the investing public as per an agreement with the Oman government.

The company, according to highly placed sources at the Capital Market Authority, has sought approval for floating shares on MSM.

MCDC, which started operation in February 2016, was jointly promoted by Malaysia’s Malakoff International, Sumitomo Corp of Japan and Cadagua of Spain.