Asian firms dominate Oman IWP desalination prequalification entries
Prequalification entries have been opened for three desalination projects by the Oman Power and Water Procurement Company...
Prequalification entries have been opened for three desalination projects by the Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP).
A report from OPWP’s tender committee showed that a total of 10 groups submitted prequalification documents, with Asian companies providing more than half the entries:
- Abengoa (Spain), Seven Seas Water Corporation (US), Modern Channel Services
- GS Inima (South Korea/Spain)
- Hyflux (Singapore)
- Sembcorp (Singapore)
- Marubeni (Japan)
- JGC (Japan)
- Sojitz Corporation (Japan)
- ACWA Power (Saudi Arabia), Veolia Middle East (France), Dhofar International Development & Investment Holding (local)
- Tedagua (Spain)
- Degremont (Suez) (France).
To be located in Salalah (100,000 m3/day), Sharqiya (80,000 m3/day) and Duqm (60,000 m3/day), the desalination projects are part of a wider plant to meet increased water demand in the country, expected to rise by more than 6% per year until 2020.
It was towards the end of last year when the 150,000 m3/day Sohar 1 desalination plant in Oman faced technical problems, with commentators suggesting this could impact bids on new projects (read WWi story).