Haya Water, the Sultanate’s state-owned company that operates wastewater network and sewage treatment plants, plans to invest OMR1 billion over the next four years until 2022.
The investment is mainly for developing sewage network and for building sewage treatment plants in different parts of the country, said the company’s chief executive officer Eng. Hussain Hassan Ali AbdulHussain.
The company is also looking at public-private-partnership for developing future wastewater projects in the country.
“We have a strategy for public-private-partnership (PPP), which was presented to the board of directors of Haya Water and the Ministry of Finance for approval. Some of the projects can attract foreign investment,” added Eng. AbdulHussain, while addressing the company’s annual media conference here organised under the patronage of Dr. Khalid bin Salem Al Saidi, Secretary General of the Council of State.
The Haya Water chief also said that several projects, including some of the sewage treatment plants, have been identified to develop with private investment.
“We will start with Misfah. We are waiting for offers (from private sector) in the coming days,” he added.
The number of projects under implementation in Muscat Governorate alone is 18 projects with total cost of OMR500 million. Many of these projects are in Willaiyat Bausher with 3 main projects and total value of OMR64 million. One of these projects is the expansion of Al Ansab STP (second phase), which aims to increase the capacity of the current STP to 125,000 cubic metres per day by the end of 2017. In addition, there is also the north and south of Al Khuwair area project (B3b) which aims to build a wastewater network of 34km long, treated wastewater network of 11 km long and 40 km of fiber optic network. This project serves about 2,650 housing units and governmental and commercial establishments. The project will be completed in the first quarter of 2018.
In Muscat governorate, Haya Water has connected 102,000 buildings to the network so far, constituting 37 per cent of properties. A major project (B7) to connect Al Ansab, Ghala and Bausher will be finalised next year, while in Al Khuwair 1,800 housing units and commercial buildings will be connected to the next work. “Design work for Al Khuwair project is going on.”
The design of another STP in Al Bustan area is finalised, while the capacity of an STP plant in Liwa will be raised to 14,000 cubic meters from 4,000 cubic meters now. Haya Water has an asset base of OMR878 million in Muscat governorate.
As far as use of treated water is concerned, only 50 per cent of the water is used in the Sultanate now and it will be increased to 65 per cent in 2020. Haya Water has already started discussions with the Ministry of Agriculture to make better use of treated water for agricultural cultivation. This will help agricultural sector and thereby food security in the country.
The treated water of Haya Water doubled in the last five years, which helped the nation to save on the cost of producing desalinating water.
Also, Haya Water has allocated almost half a million rial for providing training to local employees. The Omanization of Haya Water is around 62 per cent, which is against the mandatory requirement of 35 per cent.
The importance of Human Resources is highlighted as the main engine of any organisation. In line with this, the Company pays special attention to the Omanization plans and programmes in accordance with the expansion of its business and projects, as well as to attract the best cadres and expertise, which will contribute to the advancement of the country.