ACWA Power led consortium wins Salalah IWP project

The Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) has awarded the Salalah Independent Water Project (IWP) to a conglomerate including Saudi-based ACWA Power, French transnational company Veolia, and Oman-based Dhofar International Development and Investment Holding (DIDIC).

The water desalination project will have its plant in Salalah, Dhofar region, with a capacity to generate 25 gallons per day using reverse osmosis technology.

OPWP has procured the project with a 20 year Water Purchase Agreement (WPA) under the Build-Own-Operate framework.

ACWA Power, Veolia Middle East and DIDIC will own the project company Dhofar Desalination Company.

ACWA Power president and CEO Paddy Padmanathan said: “Water is the most vital commodity for human life as well as a necessity for all enterprises.

"We are delighted to have been awarded this project and the opportunity to continue supporting Oman as a reliable supplier of desalinated water and power.”

A consortium of Fisia Italimpianti, an engineering plant and construction contractual services provider, and Abeinsa Infraestructuras Medioambiente, an infrastructure firm, will handle the engineering, procurement, and construction of the plant.

The Operations and Maintenance of the plant will be undertaken by a consortium of Veolia Middle East, operation and maintenance (O&M) service provider NOMAC Oman, and Dhofar International Development (DIDIC).

ACWA Power managing director Thamer Al Sharhan said: “Oman is a strategic country for ACWA Power – our portfolio of six plants can generate over 4,300MW of power and 42 million gallons per day of desalinated water.

“ACWA Power is committed to ensuring the success of this project while creating real value for the local communities. As such, the project will play a key role in meeting the increasing demand for water in Oman, which is expected to be on an average, about six percent per annum over the next seven years.”