HJB wins RO66.2 million water supply contract
MUSCAT— A leading company based here has been awarded the contract for the biggest ever water supply scheme in the country, it was announced yesterday .
Hasan Juma Backer (HJB) won the RO66.2 million 'Al Rustaq Water Supply' project from the Ministry of Housing, Electricity and Water in an international tender.
Work on the project, involving the engineering, procurement and execution of a transmission network that will supply potable water from the Barka desalination plant to five districts — Al Rustaq, Al Awabi, Nakhal, Wadi al Ma'awali and Musannah — will start soon and be completed in 22 months, senior HJB officials told a news conference here yesterday evening.
"This is a very prestigious order for HJB since it happens to be the first time in Oman that an order of this magnitude has been awarded for a water supply project in a single package," group Managing Director Krishnakumar Taori said.
The scheme will include laying 375 kilometres of pipelines and constructing 30 'waterworks compounds', 17 ground reservoirs of up to 7,500 square metre capacity, 27 elevated tanks of 1,500 cubic metres, 29 tanker filling stations, 17 chlorination facilities, 18 pump stations, 18 generator buildings, five administrative buildings and HT/LT overhead lines and substations.
"The pipeline route passes through several active wadis, mountains and extremely treacherous landscape," Taori said. HJB, an ISO 9001-2000 company, attained a turnover of RO28 million in 2005 which, he added, was expected to top RO40 million this year.
The company, meanwhile, is executing several other major projects in Oman including supply of water to Ibra, Al Qabil, Bidiyah and Shinas, water transmission lines from Nizwa to Bahla and Bahla to Hamra and supply of water to the Ghallah area in the capital. It is also executing several water supply projects in Qatar.
The company employs around 3,000 people in the two GCC states, and was awarded a 'Green Card' by the Ministry of Manpower in Oman for its efforts in Omanisation of jobs.