Ferrovial team wins $300m Oman desalination plant

A consortium comprising a subsidiary of the Spanish infrastructure group, Malakoff, and Sumitomo, will build, operate, maintain and finance a plant in Al Ghubrah, near Muscat, Oman.

Cadagua – a subsidiary of Spain’s Ferrovial – together with Malaysian water specialist Malakoff and Japan’s Sumitomo have won a contract to develop a new desalination plant in Oman.

The project, worth around $300 million, will see the consortium build, operate, maintain and finance a reverse osmosis desalination plant in Al Ghubrah, a suburb of Muscat, the capital of Oman, an Arab state in southwest Asia. The concession contract will last 20 years.

In two years’ time, once built, the desalination facility will be able to produce enough drinking water to serve 800,000 people. Economic and population growth in Muscat has driven up water consumption steadily at a pace of 2 percent per year.

Ferrovial subsidiary Cadagua has completed several projects in the Persian Gulf, including desalination plants in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as well as a water treatment plant in Oman.

The company, founded in 1971, has built hundreds of drinking water treatment, desalination and sewage treatment plants – including industrial-scale water treatment plants – across the globe in countries including China, Spain, Algeria, Chile, India, France and the UK, among others.