Oman generates about 2.3mn tonnes of waste per annum, and this is likely to reach 4.21mn tonnes per annum by 2020. To manage the refuse, Oman Environmental Services Holding Company (OESHCO) has been mandated to streamline the sector. The company opened the tendering process of nine important projects last week.
Two key tenders opened are related to healthcare waste treatment facilities in Muscat and Dhofar. OESHCO is keen to upgrade and streamline the healthcare waste treatment sector. The company has already completed a consultancy study on the management of healthcare waste in the country.
The first tender in the medical waste sector deals with the operation and maintenance of healthcare waste treatment plant (HCWTP) in Dhofar for five years. The tender contract includes disposal of residual waste. Under this contract, the contractor shall be responsible for the upkeep of the plant, buildings and immediate surroundings and shall organise collection of waste from Ministry of Health institutions, other government establishments and nominated private hospitals.
The other tender deals with construction work at the existing HCWTP in Muscat, and it includes installation of additional waste treatment machines and allied services in the existing building and associated site facilities. Structural, civil and MEP services (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) alterations are also needed to the existing building to meet requirements of the plant. Other projects under tender include environmental impact assessment for Al Suwaiq Landfill, Al Mudhaibi Landfill and Sohar Slag Landfill.
OESCHO has also called specialised companies to bid for operation, repair and maintenance services of Kumzar waste transfer station in Musandam governorate. The contractor will be required to accept waste delivered to the transfer station in Kumzar and transport it by sea and road to the dumpsite in the wilayat of Khasab.
In Dakhliyah, OESHCO has invited bids for quality improvement of four existing dumpsites.
Another project in Dakhliyah involves provision of interim waste haulage services within the governorate’s landfill sites.
The last tender deals with design and construction of sanitary landfills (a minimum of three landfills that are similar in scope of work) in an expansion project at Tahwa Landfill in the wilayat of Al Kamil and Al Wafi in Sharqiyah. It includes a detailed offer for engineering, procurement and full construction works of the required facility.
OESHCO is issuing a series of tenders to improve waste disposal in the sultanate, with private sector investment totalling RO2.5bn over the ten years needed to complete the transformation.
Work is already underway on the first phase of OESHCO’s strategy to develop 16 landfills, 65 waste treatment plants and four waste transfer stations to cope with Oman’s annual waste generation.