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.



New water desalination projects on anvil: Diam

A string of new water desalination projects, currently under various stages of planning, tendering and development at key locations across the Sultanate, will help supplant older, less efficient projects nearing the end of their operational life, according to the Public Authority for Electricity and Water (Diam).

“Diam believes that desalination plants are the strategic choice for providing safe drinking water of high quality and efficiency due to the geographical location of the Sultanate and the scarcity of groundwater resources,” the state-owned utility said in a recent overview of its activities.



Japanese players enter debut facility in Oman.-Japan

A project to build a seawater desalination plant in Oman has secured US$114mn from a number of Japanese banks with cover from Japan’s export credit agency

Nexi.MUFG Bank, SMBC and Shinsei Bank will extend the loan to the Al Asilah Desalination Company in the form of project finance.

Currently under design, the project is expected to launch operations in 2021.

Thereafter it will sell approximately 80,000m³ desalinated water a day for over 20 years to the Oman Power and Water Procurement Company, the single buyer of power and water for all IPP/IWPP projects within the Sultanate of Oman.



Largest water desalination plant opens in Oman.

Muscat – The largest water desalination plant was officially opened, pumping up to 281,000 cubic metres per day.

The Barka Desalination Company has announced the commercial launch of the Barka Independent Water Project (IWP).

A consortium made up of Itochu Corporation, ENGIE, SUEZ, and Towell Engineering, to finance, build and operate a new seawater desalination plant in Barka under a 20-year Water Purchase Agreement.



Cyclone Mekunu shuts Salalah seawater desalination plant.

Oman on Sunday advised all private sector establishments in Dhofar region to shut down for three days after Cyclone Mekunu hit the southern part of the Gulf Arab country, causing extensive damage that halted operations at Salalah port.

The labour ministry declared a three-day holiday for companies and establishments in the private sector, state news agency ONA reported on Sunday.


Dinoflagellates species (Red Tide) at Wilayat of Seeb and Barka – Oman

Desalination units hit as Red Tide phenomenon prevails- Oman Observer- MUSCAT: The Public Authority for Electricity and Water (Diam) is monitoring the situation of Red Tide in the sea in the Wilayat of Barka, according to the SCADA Centre.
The desalination units continue to be affected by this Tide phenomenon in the wilayat. According to the centre, the water companies are continuing their efforts to operate the units when the plankton levels are low in seawater to ensure maximum water production. The main emergency committee of the centre monitored the measures taken to ensure the customers in the Wilayat of Seeb are not affected by any shortage of water. The committee stressed the need to take all measures to ensure water distribution is not affected. It has lauded the measures taken to mitigate the impact of the Red Tide. Red Tide is a phenomenon known as algal bloom (large concentrations of aquatic microorganisms). It is caused by some species of dinoflagellates and the bloom takes on a red/brown colour. Red Tides are events in which estuarine, marine or fresh water algae accumulate rapidly in the water column, resulting in coloration of the surface water. It is usually found in coastal areas. These algae, a form of phytoplankton, are plant-like organisms that can form dense, visible patches near the water’s surface. (LINK)

6 power and water companies to launch IPOs in next 3 years – Muscat- Oman

 As many as six power generation and water desalination companies will launch their initial public offerings (IPOs) to list on the Muscat Securities Market (MSM) within three years, according to Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP). As per their project founders agreements, Oman’s independent water and independent power projects are required to offer a minimum 35 per cent of the share capital to the public within four years of the incorporation of the company. ‘There are six power and water sector projects that will be going for IPOs within next three years. Out of these six projects, four IPOs will be from power sector and two from water sector,’ Eng Yaqoob Saif Hamood al Kiyumi, chief executive officer of OPWP told Muscat Daily recently. Kiyumi said that the power and water sector companies currently account for approximately RO400mn of market capitalisation on the MSM. ‘We should see a large amount of additional capital to be listed on the stock market from these six new IPOs. With the sound record of these projects, I am sure they will only increase sector’s contribution to Oman’s capital market,’ he said. Kiyumi said, ‘The huge success of previous power and water companies’ IPOs provides a clear indication of investors’ faith in the development of Oman’s power and water sectors.’ Recently, Muscat City Desalination Company (MCDC) completed its IPO which was oversubscribed nearly 19 times. The shares of MCDC surged more than 35 per cent on listing at the Muscat Securities Market on Tuesday.Kiyumi said that the clarity in Oman’s regulatory processes created a friendly environment for developers and investors in power and water sectors. ‘There is a fair and transparent competition in the sector that will further enhance investors’ appetite to invest in power and water projects,’ he added.