Oman

Repair work on Barka 2 power and water desalination plant reaches completion – Oman

Repairs on gas turbine three (GT-3) of Oman’s Barka Two power and water desalisanation plant have finished ahead of schedule, nearly three weeks after an inspection initially revealed damage.

In an 11 April, 2019, filing to the Muscat Securities Market, plant operator SMN Power Holding said the affected unit returned to service on 4 April – six calendar days ahead of its previously communicated expected completion date.

The financial impact due to the outage and repair work amounted to $1.8m (OMR800,000), the group added.

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PUB-owned Tuas Desalination Plant wins global award, beating others in Oman, Tunisia and Egypt – Singapore

Barely a year after its opening, the Republic’s Tuas Desalination Plant, has got an accolade to its name, beating plants from Oman, Tunisia and Egypt that were in the running.

The desalination plant – the first plant owned and operated by national water agency PUB – was named Desalination Plant of the Year at this year’s Global Water Awards, presented at the Global Water Summit in London on Tuesday (April 9).

The awards recognise the most important achievements in the international water industry, including improved operating performance, innovative technology adoption and sustainable financial models.

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6 power and water firms to launch IPOs in next 2 years

As many as six power generation and water desalination companies will be launching their initial public offerings (IPOs) for listing on the Muscat Securities Market (MSM) within next two years, according to Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP).

As per their project founders agreements, Oman’s independent water projects (IWPs) and independent power projects (IPPs) are required to offer a minimum 35 per cent of their share capital to the public through the IPOs within four years of the incorporation of the company.

Speaking to Muscat Daily, Yaqoob Saif al Kiyumi, chief executive officer of OPWP said there are six IPOs in the pipeline to be launched in next two years by the developers of water and power projects.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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MEDRC INVITE APPLICATIONS FOR $700,000 GLOBAL WATER PRIZE – Oman

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.

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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.

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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.

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