INTERVIEW - Oman moves forward with dam projects

Flood protection, storage and recharge dam projects being tendered, says ministry official

  
Image used for illustrative purpose. Scenic View Of Wadi Shab

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28 July 2019
Oman's Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources (MRMWR) is in the process of tendering several flood protection, storage and recharge dam projects across the country, a senior ministry official said

In a telephone interview with last week Thomson Reuters Projects, Nasser Muhammed Al Battashi, Director General of Water Resources Assessment at MRMWR provided a status update of various dam projects across the country.

"A consultant has been appointed to study the Al Dreeze area in Wilayat Ibri, Dhahira Governorate to study the area, assess the situation and give a solution to prevent flooding," he said.

Commenting on the mega Wadi Adai Flood Protection Scheme, Battashi said, "One dam has been executed, construction contracts have been awarded for G2 and Al Jifnain dams and the rest are in the planning stage."

The Wadi Adai Flood Protection Scheme includes seven dams to protect Qurm from floods, according to information posted by contractor Strabag International on its website. The Austria-headquartered firm had completed the first of the seven dams - Al Amerat Heights - in 2012.

The combined storage capacity of the seven dams is about 87 million cubic metres, local English language newspaper Times of Oman had reported in August 2010.

Battashi said the ministry has plans to build several dams across the Al Batinah region to prevent flooding in the area but approvals have been given for only four dams - two in Rijma and two in Alzhmi.

"One consultant each has been appointed to provide design review and supervision services for the Rijma and Alzhimi dams. We will proceed with construction once we get budget approval," he said, adding that construction contracts for two groundwater recharge dams at Wadi Al Sedreyeen and Wadi Suroor in the Dhahirah Governorate would be awarded by the beginning of next year.

The bid submission date for both projects has been deferred to 20 August 2019, according to a recent notice on the Oman tender board website.

Earlier this month, the Ministry had invited international consultants to submit feasibility and design bids for recharge and storage dams in Wilayat Al Hamra in Al Dhakhiliyah Governorate with 25 August 2019 as the submission date.

A public notice said feasibility and preliminary design is to be completed within eight months after the study begins while the detailed design and tender documents are to be completed within four months after the design phase starts.

(Reporting by Sowmya Sundar; Editing by Anoop Menon)

(anoop.menon@refinitiv.com)

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