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MENAFN - Times of Oman - 09/03/2010

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(MENAFN - Times of Oman) The Sur central water desalination plant and water supply network for the Al Sharqiyah region was commissioned here yesterday at a ceremony held under the auspices of His Highness Sayyid Fatik bin Fahr Al Said.

The cost of the project stood at RO107 million.

Addressing the gathering, Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Mahrouqi, chairman of the Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW), said that the cost of the water desalination plant being fully financed by the private sector stood at RO58 million.

The plant's production capacity is estimated to be 80 million litres of water. The eight units reverse-osmosis desalination plant is energy-effective.

It comprises prime filtration unit, water collection tankers, chemical process unit, monitoring and control system and plant's management and operation building. It also has more than 30 shore-wells and 10,100 prime and minor membrane for desalination.

The government has also constructed the water supply network to the wilayats of Al Sharqiyah region, the cost of which comes to RO49 million.

Private sector

A 320-km long major water supply line has been extended to link the water desalination plant with all the wilayats of the Al Sharqiyah region, Al Mahrouqi said.

These projects reflects the government's keenness to involve the private sector in building the infrastructure.

"The water supply network expands from the wilayat of Sur to the wilayat of Al Mudhaibi, crossing the wilayats of Al Kamil wa Al Wafi, Jala'n bani Bu Hassan and Bani Bu Ali, Wadi Bani Khalid, Bidiyah, Al Qabil and Ibra," he said.

Fifteen major tankers for water collection with a storage capacity of about 800 to 6,000 cubic metres have been built, five major pumping stations with accessories, stations to water transporting tankers, control and monitoring system and administration offices," Al Mahrouqi added.

Al Mahrouqi stated that the state-of-the-art water desalination plant is environment-friendly.

The PAEW seeks to utilise sea water as a major source for potable water and to retain the groundwater as a strategic water resource. It also seeks to provide high-quality potable water to meet the requirements of the wilayats of Al Sharqiyah region and cope with the growing population, urbanisation and other human and industrial usages.


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