Aquatech Partners with OXY on One of the Largest Produced Water Treatment Systems in the World

Occidental Petroleum Corporation’s (OXY) Enhanced Oil Recovery Field is located in the south-central area of the Sultanate of Oman, approximately 660 kilometers from Muscat and 560 kilometers from Salalah.

This oilfield was producing approximately 10,000 barrels of oil per day. A project was estalished to increase production to 150,000 barrels per day, to include the addition of a large scale steam flood facility for the recovery of approximately two billion barrels of oil over the life of the project.

In a Steam Flood Enhanced Oil Recovery process, water is generated into steam on-site and injected in the wells (approximately 800 well pairs at this particular Oman plant). Steam injection lowers the viscosity of heavy oil suitable for extraction through the production wells.


Mubadrah to manage Rusayl Industrial City in Oman – Oman

The Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (Madayn) has signed an agreement with Oman Investment and Development Holding Company (Mubadrah) for the latter to manage and develop Rusayl Industrial City.  

The agreement was signed by Ahmed bin Hassan Al Dheeb, chairman of Madayn’s board of directors, and Hilal bin Hamad Al Hasani, chairman of Mubadrah’s board of directors.


Sultanate signs RO150mn loan agreements to finance development projects – Muscat

The Ministry of Finance and the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD) on Monday signed two loan agreements worth RO150mn for financing development projects in the sultanate.

The two agreements were signed by H E Darwish bin Ismail bin Ali al Balushi, Minister Responsible for Financial Affairs and Abdullatif Yousef al Hamad, chairman and director general of AFESD.

The first agreement worth RO89mn will be utilised in financing part of the project for enhancing the water pipelines in the governorates of Batinah (from Sohar to Barka).


Oman’s Diam begins work on $390mln Buraimi water project – Oman

Diam, the Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW), has started executing a project to carry water from the Sohar Desalination Plant to the Governorate of Al Dhahirah through a 222 km main pipeline at a cost of more than RO 150 million.

The project comprises nine concrete storage tanks with a total capacity of 451,000 cubic metres at Suhar, Mahdha and Dhank in addition to four pumping stations with a maximum capacity to pump 144,000 cubic metres of water per day in Suhar.



MEDRC Water Research and The Research Council have today announced the opening of the online application window for respondents to the Oman Humanitarian Desalination Challenge Prize.

The challenge is a $700,000 prize awarded to the person or team that can deliver a hand-held, stand-alone, low-cost, desalination device suitable for short-term use and rapid deployment in the event of a humanitarian crises.


Hogan lovells advises on the Sharqiyah IWP in Oman – Oman

Hogan Lovells has advised JGC Corporation, United Infrastructure Development Company (part of Bahwan Engineering Group) and Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction, the successful bidder, on the Sharqiyah Independent Water Project (“IWP”) in the Sultanate of Oman. Financial close was achieved on the 5th of November, 2018.

The Sharqiyah IWP is a reverse osmosis seawater desalination plant that will sell approximately 80,000m3 of desalinated water per day for 20 years to the Oman Power and Water Procurement Co. SAOC (“OPWP”) – the single buyer of power and water for all independent power and water projects within Oman.


Inge Wins Contract to Supply UF technology for Oman’s Sea Water Desalination Plant – Oman

a German company specialising in ultrafiltration (UF) technology – received a contract to supply its UF solutions as part of a sea water desalination project in Oman commissioned by Al Asilah Desalination Company Saoc + Opwp.

Although not specified in the original tender, the system integrator for the project, Doosan, ultimately decided to use UF instead of conventional methods such as sand filters because they were so impressed by UF’s superior reliability, longer lifetime and better membrane maintenance.

Having spent many years cooperating with inge on a number of pilot projects, the OEM was already familiar with inge’s portfolio.


‘Small fire’ put out at Oman’s Barka 2 water plant – Barka – Oman

A “small fire” broke out at Oman’s Barka 2 water desalination plant over the weekend, operator SMN Power Holding confirmed.

The fire started in the low-voltage (LV) switchgear room of the plant, which has since halted operations.

No injuries were caused due to the fire, nor were any hazardous substances released. Civil defence authorities extinguished the fire with powder and carbon dioxide.


OOC, Gulf Energy Development Public Company to work on gas and water project in Duqm – Duqm – Oman

Oman Oil Company (OOC) has secured a partnership agreement with Gulf Energy Development Public Company to develop a gas-fired power and water project at the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Duqm.

The proposed Duqm independent water and power project (IWPP) will have a power generation capacity of 326MW and a desalination capacity of 8 million imperial gallons a day (MIGD).

The project will require a total investment of $483mn, reported MEED.


Red tide disrupts operation of desalination plant in Barka – Barka – Oman

A red tide outbreak in Barka has forced ACWA Power to operate two of its water desalination plants below their capacity, resulting in a financial impact of RO140,000 to the company.

The company expects further delay in reverting to full operations as proliferation of Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB) is continuing, which is likely to increase the financial impact of the outbreak.