(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW) plans more desalination plants in Quriyat, Ghubra, Barka and Sohar. It is being hoped that these plants will help tide over disruption in water supply in case of shutdown of other plants due to technical snags or algal blooms. Oman also plans to join the GCC Interconnection Authority for power transmission.
Speaking at the inauguration of the two-day International Conference on Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and Desalination at InterContinental Muscat on Wednesday, Mohammed al Mahrouqi, chairman of PAEW said, ''There are desalination plants coming up including in Quriyat, Ghubra, Barka and more than one in Sohar. This is a kind of solution to avoid influence of red tides and harmful algal blooms on desalination plants.''
PAEW has organised the conference along with the Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC) and the IOC Intergovernmental Panel for Harmful Algal Blooms-UNESCO.
''The phenomenon has started to spread quickly of late in our region and is affecting fisheries and desalination plants. Data and research over algal blooms will help in finding solutions,'' he said. On Oman accepting to join the GCC Interconnection Authority for power transmission, he said, ''The procedures to join the authority will be completed soon.'