Cadagua, Ferrovial Agroman
's subsidiary specialized in building water treatment plants, is part of the consortium that won the contract to design, build, operate, maintain and finance a reverse osmosis desalination plant in Al Ghubrah, a suburb of Muscat, in Oman. The project is worth around 300 million dollars in total.
"This contract strengthens our expansion in the Middle East, where the water treatment market offers great growth potential. Cadagua's notable experience in the area, together with our commitment to cutting-edge technology, will ensure the success of this project," said Alejandro de la Joya, CEO of Ferrovial Agroman.
Cadagua will head the engineering and construction of the plant and will be responsible for its operation and maintenance for a 20-year period. The new facility will be operational in two years and will have the capacity to produce 191,000 m3 of drinking water per day, equivalent to serving a population of 800,000. Economic development and population growth in Muscat have increased the demand for water to 700,000 m3 per day. Consumption is expected to continue to increase at an annual rate of over 2%.
The other members in the consortium are Malakoff
, a company specialised in water desalination and power generation in Malaysia, the Middle East and North Africa; and Sumitomo
, a Japanese water infrastructure company with operations in many countries.
Cadagua has completed several projects in the Persian Gulf, including the Medina-Yanbu desalination plant in Saudi Arabia; the Darsait water treatment plant in Oman; and the Al Zawrah desalination plant in Ajman, UAE.
Founded in 1971, Cadagua has built over 220 drinking water treatment, desalination and sewage treatment plants and over 140 industrial water treatment plants in Spain, China, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Cyprus, Algeria, Tunisia, Chile, Venezuela, Portugal, France, the UK, Poland and India, among other countries.