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New Market Study Published: Oman Water Report Q4 2012

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2012-12-02 16:24:01 - Recently published research from Business Monitor International, "Oman Water Report Q4 2012", is now available at Fast Market Research

BMI View: Though less well financially endowed than other Gulf states - or perhaps precisely because it is less flush in the pocket - Oman has spent the summer months in active mode, announcing new deadlines for bids on planned desalination schemes. The preparedness for increased desalination capacity - via three independent water projects (IWPs) that will in combination offer 130mn gallons a day (g/d) of new production - is especially welcome for international developers. Just as inviting is the news of a fresh funding package for the expansion of the Ghubrah desal plant. That this funding was made possible by local banks suggests Gulf financial institutions are slowly starting to step up the plate.

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The key trends and developments in Oman's water sector are:

* The sultanate has emerged as one of the most active of Middle Eastern water markets in H212, pressing ahead with centrepiece desalination and water supply projects during the traditionally quiet summer months and ensuring that the tendering process maintains a steady pace.
* Oman is the keenest in the Gulf on independent water projects (IWPs), a means of prioritising desalination without the usual attendant electricity generation component. By October 2012, Oman Power & Water Procurement Company (OPWP) will invite advisory bids for a new IWP at Quiryat, with another to follow soon thereafter at Suwayq. These will have capacities of 40mn gallons/day (g/d) and 50mn g/d capacities respectively. Ghubrah is another new IWP, on which five consortiums submitted bids in August..
* Saudi Arabia's ACWA Power has finalised the commercial bank lending package for Barka 1, with Oman Arab Bank, National Bank of Oman and Bunk Muscat the three lead local arranging banks on the 12-year tenor loan that will fund the US$55mn expansion..

The increased pace of desalination project activity evident this year has contributed to an upward revision in the sultanate's long-term water production forecast, compared to the previous quarter. Though OPWP is facing an increase of up to 6% in annual water demand in the period up to 2018, which will clearly test the authorities' capacity to keep pace with consumption to the limit, the focus on IWPs - easier to fund and quicker to implement - appears a valid means of rolling out new capacity. We therefore expect overall produced water to exceed 49,000 by 2016, slightly higher than our previous forecast. Muscat will again dominate in the number of connected households, with 228,000 connections anticipated by 2016.

Report Table of Contents:

SWOT Analysis
- Oman Water Industry SWOT
- Oman Political SWOT
- Oman Economic SWOT
- Oman Business Environment SWOT
Market Overview
- Domestic Competitive Landscape
Pricing Mechanisms and Regulatory Framework
- Tariffs
- Desalination
- Wastewater Treatment
- Water Systems/Pipelines
- Key Projects
- Table: Oman Major Water Projects
Industry Forecast Scenario
- Table: Key Data, Oman Water Industry, 2008 - 2016
Regional Risk/Reward Ratings
- Table: Regional Infrastructure Risk/Reward Ratings
- Table: Oman - Economic Activity
Company Profiles
- Haya Water
- Oman Power & Water Procurement Company (OPWP)
- Veolia Water
Demographic Outlook
- Table: Oman's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 ('000)
- Table: Oman's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 (% of total)
- Table: Oman's Key Population Ratios, 1990-2020
- Table: Oman's Rural And Urban Population, 1990-2020
BMI Forecast Modelling
- How We Generate Our Industry Forecasts
- Sources
- Risk/Reward Ratings
- Ratings Overview
- Table: Infrastructure Business Environment Indicators
- Project Finance Ratings Methodology
- Table: Design And Construction Phase
- Table: Commissioning And Operating Phase - Commercial Construction
- Table: Commissioning And Operating Phase - Energy And Utilities
- Table: Commissioning And Operating Phase - Transport

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