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Bids invited to construct new dam in Bahla

11 Jun 2024 Bids invited to construct new dam in Bahla

Muscat – Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources (MAFWR) is inviting local companies to construct an underground recharge dam on Wadi Kidd in the wilayat of Bahla, Dakhliyah. Last date to submit bids for the tender has been set for July 15. 

MAFWR aims to support farmers and help them achieve self-sufficiency in farming by bolstering the nation’s water capacity and expanding agricultural activities. 

The dam is part of a broader strategy of the ministry, which has already seen the development of various dams across the country.

Highlighting the significance of these projects, the ministry pointed out that the sultanate’s groundwater constitutes 94% of its fresh water resources. Numerous explo-ratory drillings, including the Masarat water basin, Sharqiyah Sands water basin, Runab water basin, and Najd basin projects are currently underway to tap into these reserves.

According to MAFWR, the country grapples with a water deficit of 316mn cubic metre annually. The increasing strain on the available 1,318mn cubic metre of renewable water, especially with the agricultural sector consuming around 83% of the nation’s yearly water needs, underscores the urgency of such projects.

Oman has constructed 181 dams, of which 63 are underground feeders, 115 surface storage sites, and three protective dams, all aimed at improving water security.

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