Oman’s largest reverse osmosis desalination plant moves ahead

OPWP has chosen a SUEZ-led consoritum to finance, build and operate a new 281,000 m3/day seawater desalination plant in Barka...

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Content Dam Ww Online Articles 2016 03 Oman Flag

MUSCAT, Oman - Oman Power and Water Procurement (OPWP) has chosen the Barka Desalination Company, a consortium including SUEZ to finance, build and operate a new 281,000 m3/day seawater desalination plant in Barka.

The public-private BOO (Build Own Operate) partnership also includes Japanese firm Itochu Corporation and Omani company, Towell Engineering.

Construction and operation will be provided over a 20 year period to deliver what will be the largest reverse osmosis desalination plant in the Sultanate of Oman.

The plant will start supplying drinking water by 1 April 2018. SUEZ is in charge of the construction and operation of the plant, representing a total amount of 276 million euro.

Degremont® technology and treatment processes, such as Seadaf and Aquazur, will be used for pre-treating the turbid and algae-rich waters of the Gulf of Oman to ensure the production of high-quality drinking water.

Several plants are already under construction in the coastal towns of Sohar, Al-Ghubrah, and Qurayyat, and three more projects are due for launch in 2016.

This is the second desalination plant built by SUEZ in the Sultanate of Oman, following the Barka II station (120,000 m3/day) that was inaugurated in 2009, as part of the IWPP (Independent Water and Power Plant) project awarded to ENGIE in 2007.

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