PAEW to launch Ghubra desalination project soon

Muscat - 

The Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW) is planning to launch the water desalination project in Ghubra soon, and is also conducting a study for a power project in Salalah, the chairman of the Authority said.

Meanwhile, in a disclosure to the Kuala Lumpur stock exchange on Monday, Malaysian firm MMC Corp Bhd said that a consortium led by its subsidiary Malakoff International Ltd (MIL) has been selected to undertake the development and construction of the Ghubra plant. According to MMC Corp, the project, which will cost approximately US$300mn, will utilise reverse-osmosis technology.

Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the 'GCC Power 2012' conference and exhibition which opened at Shangri La's Barr al Jissah Resort & Spa on

Monday, PAEW chairman H E Mohammed bin Abdullah al Mahrouqi said that the Authority will sign, in a few weeks, an agreement for the Ghubra project.

He said, “The capacity of the desalination plant will be 42mn gallons per day of water. The tendering process has been completed and we plan to complete the project by the end of 2014. In a few weeks we will be signing an agreement with the winning contractor.”

H E Mahrouqi said that the Authority is also conducting a study for a new power project in the Salalah area to meet the increasing demand for power there. “I think the capacity of the new power plant in Salalah will be between 200-250MW,” he said.

He said that among the three ongoing power projects in the sultanate, Barka3 and Sohar2 will be fully commissioned in 2013, while the commissioning of the project in Sur is expected in 2014.

'GCC Power 2012’ was inaugurated under the auspices of  H E Sultan bin Salim al Habsi, secretary general of the Supreme Council for Planning, and will conclude tomorrow.

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