Eighty per cent of the main line transmitting water from Al Ghubra Desalination Plant to the reservoir of Muscat Governorate has been completed. The first phase which involves the transmission line from the pumping station in Al Ghubra to Qurum reservoir has already been completed and the whole project is expected to be completed in October this year. That was stated by Fahd bin Said al Manthari, Director of the Main Water Line Project. "It is an important project as the new main water line will be the alternative for the existing lines.
The project involves constructing a 1,600-mm diameter carbon steel water transmission pipeline from the Al Ghubra Desalination Plant to the pumping station in Wadi Adai with a total length of 13.7 km with sub-main pipelines branching off to feed the reservoirs in Bausher and Qurum," the official said. "Sub-main pipelines linking the main water pipeline with the Bausher reservoirs is expected to be completed in March. The current phase of the project also involves constructing a 4.72-km water transmission pipeline from the Wadi Adai station to Ruwi reservoir and a water pumping station at the site of Ruwi reservoir," he said.
The second phase involves a 6.32-km transmission pipeline connecting the reservoirs of Ruwi and Wadi Kabir up to the Al Bustan Palace Hotel roundabout. "The project is part of an ambitious water security strategy adopted by the Public Authority for Water and Electricity (PAEW) and aims at distributing and transmitting water to 98 per cent of the Sultanate's population by the year 2040," Al Manthari said.