Oman’s blue gold
Since the 1970s, the Sultanate of Oman has rapidly evolved to a modern state as it has benefited from its oil reserves – leading to the increased wealth of the Omani people and a rise in tourism.
For a dry country with little rainfall, this has created an enormous increase in demand for water – making desalination of seawater and increased collection and reuse of treated wastewater more important than ever.
Growing affluence has seen Oman’s people becoming accustomed to having water supplied to their private households. At the same time, Oman’s government has been building green areas in major towns and cities that require irrigation. The million inhabitants of Oman’s capital Muscat and its suburbs – plus a growing number of tourists visiting the country – have dramatically accelerated the sultanate’s demand for water. It is forecast that this demand will rise an additional 70 percent by 2017.
One initiative to meet this demand is the Muscat Wastewater Scheme Project. Through this scheme, Oman’s wastewater services company, Haya Water, is seeking to connect 90 percent of Muscat’s population to the sewerage system by 2017. The Muscat scheme encompasses the construction of new sewerage infrastructure and wastewater treatment facilities, as well as the expansion of existing treatement plants.
The largest of the wastewater treatment plants being built is a facility equipped to handle a maximum flow of 50,000 cubic metres water a day and is an upgrade of an existing installation in the Muscat district of Darsait.
think project! used for a further water project in the Middle East
Haya Water awarded the 70 million euro contract to a consortium consisting of Spain’s Cadagua and local company Galfar Engineering & Contracting. Both companies will be responsible for designing, building, operating and maintaining the plant. Consortium leader Cadagua selected the online project collaboration platform think project! for a project in the Middle East for the second time.
Large construction project to advance Oman’s tourism infrastructure
The online project collaboration platform, think project!, supports project management for ‘The Wave, Muscat’, a 2.9 billion euro tourism and real estate project on the coast of Oman.
|Construction total: 2.9 billion euros|
|Residential real estate: 4,000 villas, apartments and townhouses|
|Hotels: Three 5-star hotels|
|Leisure facilities: 18-hole golf course and 300-berth marina|
‘The Wave, Muscat’ is the first real estate project in the Sultanate of Oman that not only creates residential and business spaces for locals, but also further expands the tourism infrastructure and enables foreigners to purchase real estate in Oman.
In a project of this size, it was extremely important to ensure efficient cooperation between the international project partners, so think project! was selected as the central collaboration platform.
Efficient communication processes
think project! assists ‘The Wave, Muscat’ project participants to control communication and the exchange of documents more efficiently. Structured workflows, including requests for information and requests for change or site instructions, reduce the coordination workload involved in project management.
Project documents, including correspondence and plans are also managed with the support of think project!. A history of document versions and all operations connected with each document is readily available — so not only are processes during the project more efficient, the end result will be seamless project documentation.