News | February 16, 2018

Aqualia And Majis Sign The Joint Venture That Will Manage The Water Facilities Of The Port Of Sohar (Oman)

  • The new joint venture, Oman Sustainable Water Services (SAOC), will operate the hydraulic facilities of the Port of Sohar, one of the most important in northern Oman.
  • SAOC will manage during the next 20 years a highly complex system, which includes numerous infrastructure for water collection and pumping, desalination, supply, purification and sewage
  • Just 100 kilometers from Sohar, Aqualia manages the operation and maintenance of the sanitation network in the eastern part of Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), where it serves a population of more than 650,000 inhabitants.

The joint venture Oman Sustainable Water Services, SAOC, integrated by Aqualia and the public company Majis Industrial Services (Majis), of the Oman Investment Fund will manage during the next 20 years the operation and maintenance of all services related to water in the port area from the city of Sohar, the most important city in northern Oman.

The agreement was made official at a ceremony held in Muscat, the capital of the Sulfanato of Oman before the management team of Majis, headed by its CEO, Ahmed Al-Mazrouy. The delegation of Aqualia was led by Luis de Lope, International director. The event was also attended by the Ambassador of Spain in Oman, José Antonio Bordallo, as well as the Commercial Attaché of the embassy, Remedios Romeo García.

The new company will carry out the operation and maintenance of the facilities for the collection of seawater, production and supply of potable water and process water, collection and network of cooling water, wastewater treatment, sewage network and management of the recycled wastewater. Initially it will begin carrying out the collection of seawater and will extend the service to other processes within the facilities of the port of Sohar and under the jurisdiction of the Port Authority.

It is a project of high technical complexity, which includes critical plants for the extraction of seawater with a capacity of 700,000 m3 / h, an associated network, a desalination plant of 20,000 m3 / day of capacity, a water treatment plant of 10,000 m3 / day, a seawater outfall of 600,000 m3 / hour and pumping and process system as well as potable water and sewerage networks for more than 50,000 m3 / day.

With this new assignment, Aqualia reinforces its presence in the Middle East and North Africa area, where it already has a portfolio of 250 million. Aqualia is present in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar. In those countries it serves a population of 6 million people and treats 600,000 cubic meters of water per day. In addition, the company manages three other water contracts in Egypt, worth 300 million euros.

At the ceremony held in Muscat, Ahmed Al-Mazrouy CEO of Majis, stressed that the project is the result of 4 years of work and that the new society was born with the mission "to provide customers with sustainable solutions, invest in human resources of Oman, conserve available resources, and apply the latest advanced technologies for the benefit of the area. "

For his part, Luis de Lope, International Director of Aqualia, has expressed that the project that begins in Oman fits perfectly with Aqualia's business model: "It is a project where innovation and continuous improvement are encouraged. Where we can contribute our knowledge and experience in all facets of the water cycle. " "We started our journey today in Oman with Majis, which is an extremely committed and serious institution, so much that since we met them we were impressed by their professionalism and attention to detail," said Lope.

Majis, the public partner for water management in the Port of Sohar
Majis Industrial Services (Majis) is Sohar's first water services provider and has the largest water intake in the Near East. Majis enjoys excellent management data, being a reference in the annual customer satisfaction surveys. The company takes advantage of its more than 10 years of experience to provide the most efficient and appropriate hydraulic solutions for its customers in the port of Sohar and the " Free Zone ".

Majis is proud to play the leading role in the development of the port of Sohar, which provides first class water and sanitation services. In its multi-service station, it produces cooling water, potable water, process water and irrigation water. One of the most innovative wastewater solutions that represents its broad corporate commitment to the environment is the Central Effluent Recycling Plant "CETRP". This facility receives the industrial wastewater from the tenants of the port of Sohar, treats it and recycles it to produce process water with the aim of achieving a zero discharge to the environment.

Aqualia, among the world leaders in water management
Aqualia is the water management company of FCC, one of the leading citizen services groups in Europe. The company is the fourth private water company in Europe by population served and is among the top ten in the world, according to the latest ranking of the specialized publication Global Water Intelligence (GWI, November 2017).

It currently serves 22.5 million users in 1,100 municipalities in 22 countries: Spain, Italy, Portugal, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Montenegro, Bosnia, Mexico, Chile, Uruguay, Algeria, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Tunisia, Qatar, Oman, Colombia, Ecuador and Panama.

In the year of 2016, the company billed 1,010 million euros and reached a business portfolio of close to 15,000 million euros.

Aqualia's presence in the Middle East
Aqualia has been working in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, since 2011, where it is developing a project to optimize the water supply network of the city, offering a better service to more than 3 million inhabitants.

In this same country, Aqualia also carries out the administration of the affected services of the metro works of the capital (also implemented by the FCC group) and the operation and maintenance of the Hadda and Arana wastewater treatment plants , in the city of Mecca.

In the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), just 100 kilometers from the port of Sohar, Aqualia manages the operation and maintenance of the sanitation and wastewater treatment network in the eastern part of the emirate, which includes the city of Al Ain and remote areas, with a population of more than 650,000 inhabitants served.

Besides this, Aqualia was chosen in 2014 to manage the sanitation system in Al Dhakhira (Qatar) during the next 10 years, serving a population of more than 200,000 inhabitants.

SOURCE: Aqualia