(MENAFN) Oman unveiled plans to set up three desalination plants as the Gulf country seeks to meet growing demand for water, Reuters reported.
An Omani official close to the project said that the three plants would be located in Duqm, Sur and Sohar, expecting the total cost of the project to be around USD400 million.
Oman's water consumption is rising 5 percent annually, and its daily demand for water is expected to grow by around 29 percent to 269 million cubic metres by 2018, according to a report from state-owned Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP).
Duqm, which is a fishing village in the central part of the country, is becoming an industrial city and is building a port, airport and petrochemical projects, including a 230,000 barrels-per-day refinery.
Sohar, in the north-west, is already an industrial centre, with a port, refinery, aluminum smelter and an iron palletizing plant online, and the city's airport is scheduled for completion in 2014.
Oman's population of almost three million inhabitants, including expatriates, is growing at about 3 percent per year, according to official data.