Oman's Special Economic Zone Authority at Duqm (SEZ) has awarded a pair of contracts worth RO76 million ($197 million) for the construction of a comprehensive flood protection system designed to secure the zone’s multibillion-dollar investments at the key port development.
The project, tendered out in separate contracts, entails the construction of an elaborate network of flood channels that will drain run-off from the Jurf and Saay wadis currently crisscrossing the SEZ, safely into the Arabian Sea, according to Oman Observer.
Among the biggest beneficiaries of the massive flood protection system being developed by Sezad is the $6-billion Duqm Refinery project, contracts for the execution of which will be awarded next year, said the report.
Parts of a 2,224-aacre site earmarked for the project have been developed in preparation for the start of construction work, it stated.
Sezad said additionally, flood protection dams will be built upstream of the Jurf and Saay wadis to stave off potential flood events that could imperil industrial schemes to be located downstream of these wadis.
The authority has already roped in Turkish construction firm Serka Taahhut for the construction of channels along the downstream courses of the Jurf and Saay wadis, thereby ensuring that potential floodwaters are suitably diverted away from industrial developments.
Under the RO49-million ($127 million) contract, a major outlet channel will be built to collect the outflow from both Jurf and Saay for eventual drainage into the sea.
Both water courses will be suitably excavated, trained and streamlined to facilitate the smooth flow of floodwater into the sea, it added.