A consortium led by ACWA Power has secured a contract from the Oman Power and Water Procurement Company SAOC (OPWP) to build the Salalah Independent Water Project.

To be located in Salalah, Dhofar region, the plant will have a capacity to produce 25 million gallons per day of desalinated water using reverse osmosis technology.

OPWP is procuring the Salalah IWP Project under a build-own-operate framework on the back of a 20 year water purchase agreement (WPA).

ACWA Power along with its consortium partners that include Veolia Middle East and Dhofar International Development & Investment Holding (DIDIC) will own the project company, Dhofar Desalination Company SAOC.

ACWA Power president and CEO Paddy Padmanathan said: “Water is the most vital commodity for human life as well as a necessity for all enterprises.

“We are delighted to have been awarded this project and the opportunity to continue supporting Oman as a reliable supplier of desalinated water and power.”

Fisia Italimpianti SpA and Abeinsa Infraestructuras Medioambiente will handle the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) for the Salalah IWP project.

A consortium of Veolia Middle East, NOMAC Oman and Dhofar International Development (DIDIC) will be responsible for the operations and maintenance of the plant.

ACWA Power managing director Thamer Al Sharhan said: “Oman is a strategic country for ACWA Power – our portfolio of six plants can generate over 4,300 MW of power and 42 million gallons per day of desalinated water.

“ACWA Power is committed to ensuring the success of this project while creating real value for the local communities.

“As such, the project will play a key role in meeting the increasing demand for water in Oman, which is expected to be on an average, about six per cent per annum over the next seven years.”

Image: OPWP is procuring the Salalah IWP Project under a build-own-operate framework. Photo courtesy of ACWA POWER.