Veolia Water to provide various management and operations-related services to PAEW and MISC.
Veolia Water has started 2011 with two significant wins in Oman. The first one was a contract awarded by the Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW) to provide co-management services to Oman’s water sector. The contract targets improvements in the management of facilities, the efficiency of the water distribution network and the expansion of the network within the country, in particular small-scale desalination plants in rural areas. Veolia Water will provide PAEW with operational staff to oversee operations and experts for specific projects to develop IT systems, documentation and operational performance. This is a five-year contract, which has a two-year extension option.
The second contract involves a six-year ‘Strategic Alliance Partnership’ between the state-owned Majis Industrial Services Company (MISC) and Veolia Water, through Azaliya Water Services for the operation, maintenance and management of water utilities of the Port of Sohar. The O&M component of the deal covers existing and future facilities including seawater intake facility (SWIF) with pumping and electrochlorination systems (eight million m³/day), a common cooling seawater distribution system (60,000 m³/h for a 15-kilometre network), a process water distribution system (32,000 m³/day), a drinking water network (8,000 m³/day) and domestic wastewater collection system (pumping stations and network). Other facilities that will be operated at a later stage include a RO plant for process water and the SWIF extension. Seureca, the international consulting engineering subsidiary of Veolia Environnement, will contribute to the ‘Strategic Management Support’ aspect by providing experts in water utilities and deliverables on demand.