Aquatech has secured a contract with Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (Orpic) to design and supply a multiple effect distillation (MED) seawater desalination system for Sohar refinery improvement project in Oman.

Under the contract, Aquatech will design and commission three MED units for uninterrupted water supply to boilers and other sites.

The system will be supplied to a joint venture of Petrofac and Daelim, which serve as the engineering, procurement and construction contract (EPC) for the refinery project.

Aquatech Middle East sales manager Sandeep Rastogi said: "MED technology will provide a reliable source of water, which is very critical for operation of the refinery, considering that the area is prone to red tide, which affects the operation of desalination systems."

The system will comprise three multiple effect distillation with thermal vapor compression (MED-TVC) units, three fractional electrodeionization (FEDI) demineralization units and two remineralization dosing skids for the production of service water and potable water.

Aquatech expects to deliver the systems in early 2016.