Oman’s OPWP Seeks Salalah IWP Advisor, Progressing Other Projects

Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) has invited bids for advisory services for an independent water project (IWP) to be built at Salalah on the Arabian Sea coast in southern Oman. The Salalah IWP desalination plant will have capacity to produce 80,000-100,000 cmd of potable water.

OPWP seeks an advisor to provide “professional financial and commercial, technical and legal advisory services in relation to the procurement of water from the Salalah IWP.” The deadline for bids is 13 April 2015. OPWP expects the plant to begin commercial operation in early 2019.

OPWP is Oman’s main buyer of electricity and water. The state utility expects peak water demand in Dhofar governorate’s main towns of Salalah, Taqa and Mirbat to rise from 82,000 cmd in 2014 to 132,000 cmd in 2020. However, the existing Salalah power and desalination plant can only produce 68,200 cmd of water. (CONTINUED - 271 WORDS)