$1.8bn earmarked for water projects in Oman

The Omani Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW) is currently executing 36 water projects, with $1.8bn (OMR 700m) earmarked for the projects in the Sultanate’s Eighth Five Year Plan (2011-2015), Oman Daily Observer reports.

The projects are designed to meet the country’s anticipated increase in water-demand in the coming years.

Some of these projects currently under various stages of execution in the Muscat region include: expansion of Al Qurum reservoir and related works; expansion of Bausher Reservoir; water supply to Qurayat, chlorination unit at al Khoudh Reservoir; expansion of Mawaleh Reservoir; relocation of 0.5 million imperial gallons per day desalination plant from Sur to Qurayat; expansion of Wadi Kabir Reservoir; construction of Main Store at Maabella; scada and leakage control system for water transmission network in Muscat; and central control building at Bausher.

Similarly, seven projects are underway at various places in Al Wusta region; six in Al Sharqiyah; two in Musandam; five in Al Dakhiliyah; four in Al Batinah and one each in Buraimi and Dhahirah governorates.

In total, as many as 36 projects are under various stages of execution in the country, according to Mohammed bin Abdullah al Mahrouqi, who is Chairman of PAEW since its establishment.

The expansion of Al Qurum Reservoir includes the construction of a 5,700m ³ and 13,100m ³
capacity ground level storage reservoirs; construction of new pump station and providing an additional pump of 200m ³/hr capacity adjacent to existing pumps.

The Public Authority for Electricity and Water is also executing water projects worth $83.2m (OMR 32m) in the Sharqiyah Governorates. These projects cover developing potable water resources and streamlining water supply and distribution networks.

They include new supply networks, as well as refurbishing of existing networks and setting up a number of desalination plants. A number of wilayats will get additional water tanks under the project, which includes the Qalhat water supply network, new networks in the wilayats of Al Qabail, Ibra and the niyabats of Sinaw and Ras al Hadd, and the Masirah Island.

Major supply lines for supply to the Wilayat of Wadi Bani Khalid will be constructed while the network in Sur will be extended. Two further networks will be built in Wadi Marir and Qahid, while the desalination plant in Al Khowemah will be expanded.

by CW Staff, Jun 20, 2012