Saudi Arabia-based developer, owner and operator of independent water and power projects, ACWA Power Barka, held a groundbreaking ceremony to commence the construction of a water expansion project in Barka, Oman.
The project is expected to produce 10 million gallons per day of potable water, to meet the growing demand for drinkable water and ease the burden on existing water infrastructures.
ACWA will construct the plant on a build, own and operate basis and will set it near the existing 20 million gallons per day desalination plant. Together, the two plants will produce 30 million gallons per day of treated water.
ACWA Power Barka chairman Mohammad bin Abdullah Abunayyan said the new desalination plant will reduce the short fall of water production capacity in the country.
"The additional water production will help match the demand that is estimated to be rising at 8% per annum," Abunayyan added.
Featuring energy recovery and variable frequency drive technologies, the plant will reduce the power usage, use thin film composite seawater membranes in three reverse osmosis trains and employ modern ultra-filtration membrane technology to produce water as per the required quality.
The expansion project will reuse the heat-rejection seawater from the current desal process for potable water capacity addition.
It will connect with the existing Barka 1 power and desalination plant to share power, seawater feed, and brine dischare, utilise operations and maintenance expertise, reported Oman Daily Observer.
ACWA is expecting to implement the project in about 13.5 months time from contract execution and provide plant availability of 95% throughout its life
Image: ACWA begins work on water expansion project to meet the growing demand of drinkable water in Oman. Photo: Tysto.