Strate­gic Plan­ning

Re­al­is­ing Oman’s fer­tile fu­ture

EME Outlook - - Contents - Writer: Matthew Staff Project Man­ager: Richard Thomas

Haya Wa­ter, a reg­is­tered trade­mark of Oman Waste­water Ser­vices Com­pany S.A.O.C, was es­tab­lished in De­cem­ber, 2002 as an Omani closed joint-stock Com­pany, wholly-owned by the Gov­ern­ment of the Sul­tanate of Oman. Haya Wa­ter has been awarded the con­ces­sion to de­velop, de­sign, im­ple­ment, op­er­ate and main­tain the waste­water fa­cil­i­ties in Mus­cat Gov­er­norate un­der the Royal De­cree No. 69/2005.

Haya Wa­ter is steadily ad­vanc­ing to im­ple­ment one of the largest en­gi­neer­ing projects in the field of re­use of treated waste­water and is look­ing for­ward to ac­com­plish­ing its pri­mary ob­jec­tive of mak­ing Oman a bet­ter coun­try by pro­mot­ing higher health stan­dards for all. This is achieved by re­duc­ing pol­lu­tion caused by con­ven­tional waste­water sys­tems, pre­vent­ing the spread of dis­eases, epi­demics and pro­tect­ing ground­wa­ter re­sources from con­tam­i­na­tion, as well as main­tain­ing the wa­ter reser­voir for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

Haya Wa­ter seeks to achieve its ob­jec­tives of the wa­ter re­use project in ac­cor­dance with the mas­ter­plan sched­ule, tak­ing into ac­count the con­struc­tion boom and pop­u­la­tion growth wit­nessed by the Gov­er­norate of Mus­cat in or­der to de­liver the waste­water ser­vices to the Wil­liy­ats of Mus­cat Gov­er­norate as per the ap­proved plan.

In view of the great achieve­ments of Haya Wa­ter in the ar­eas of plan­ning, ex­e­cu­tion and man­age­ment of waste­water projects in the Gov­er­norate of Mus­cat, the Gov­ern­ment has as­signed, in 2014, Haya Wa­ter the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the devel­op­ment, ex­e­cu­tion and man­age­ment of waste­water fa­cil­i­ties in all gov­er­norates (ex­cept Dho­far) where Haya Wa­ter took over the waste­water as­sets of 57 sewage treat­ment plants at 44 dif­fer­ent wilay­ats.

Haya Wa­ter dili­gently works to­wards achiev­ing its goals and mis­sion through a struc­tured waste­water project sys­tem and a clear vi­sion of mak­ing Oman greener and health­ier.

Ser­vices in­clude: STPS & pump­ing sta­tions (col­lec­tion, con­veyance and treat­ment of raw sewage); wa­ter re­use (dis­tri­bu­tion of treated ef­flu­ent); a fully-ac­cred­ited cen­tral lab­o­ra­tory fa­cil­ity; kala com­post; and tanker ser­vices.

Across all strands the mis­sion state­ment re­mains to serve so­ci­ety by con­vert­ing waste­water into en­vi­ron­ment-friendly prod­ucts.

As­so­ci­ated with life and green­ery, the word ‘Haya’ it­self means wa­ter or fer­til­ity; a poignant in­di­ca­tor of the en­tity’s core ob­jec­tives.

To achieve the mis­sion state­ment set out in the con­ces­sion agree­ment, a Mus­cat Mas­ter­plan to de­velop the city’s in­fra­struc­ture was con­ceived and the sew­er­age network in­fra­struc­ture projects in Mus­cat were put in place ac­cord­ingly. To date, Haya Wa­ter has grown its in­fra­struc­ture to 902 Mil­lion Omani Rials.

The in­stal­la­tion of the sewage net­works was a mas­sive un­der­tak­ing as ma­jor parts of the city had to be ex­ca­vated to depths of up to 15 me­tres to al­low for the pipework to be in­stalled. The in­fra­struc­ture projects were then ham­pered by a su­per cy­clone named Gonu in June, 2007 which dev­as­tated Mus­cat City. How­ever, de­spite the project set­backs, the ma­jor­ity of sewage net­works are now in place in Mus­cat.

Plan­ning strate­gies

The col­lec­tion and con­veyance of sewage to the sew­er­age treat­ment plants has grown in ac­cor­dance with the Con­nec­tiv­ity Plan, while the devel­op­ment of green field sites for sewage treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties has grown in line with the Mus­cat Mas­ter Plan, which is di­rectly trended to­wards pop­u­la­tion growth.

Gain­ing mo­men­tum over the past five years in par­tic­u­lar, a de­ci­sion was made in 2013 to re­align Haya Wa­ter’s Mus­cat Mas­ter­plan to­wards the rapid growth of Mus­cat. The ex­pan­sion of the ex­ist­ing sites and new sites are iden­ti­fied in the Im­ple­men­ta­tion Roadmap as part of the re­vised 2013 Mas­ter­plan.

Cur­rently, 10 per­cent of the Re­gional Gov­er­norate pop­u­la­tion are con­nected to a sew­er­age network, so the cur­rent strat­egy is to have Pub­lic

Pri­vate Part­ner­ships (PPP) to de­velop the in­fra­struc­ture in the Re­gional Gov­er­norates. In or­der to meet the sewage treat­ment re­quire­ments in the Re­gional Gov­er­norates the Re­gional Gov­er­norate Mas­ter­plan has been cre­ated and is now un­der re­view.

From this, Haya Wa­ter’s main im­prove­ment strate­gies are now to op­ti­mise the cost of treat­ing sew­er­age to break even on rev­enue gen­er­ated.

In­evitably, in de­vel­op­ing such a track record and in­ter­nal sta­bil­ity, Haya Wa­ter is in bet­ter stead to at­tain goods, works and ser­vices through open ten­ders and, of course, to ul­ti­mately re­alise its two mas­ter­plans.

In­fra­struc­ture devel­op­ment

Tan­gi­ble ex­am­ples of Haya Wa­ter’s jour­ney to­wards mas­ter­plan ful­fil­ment are nu­mer­able, and chief among them at present is the new fa­cil­ity at Dar­sait which is set for com­ple­tion in 2018 to then serve the greater Mu­trah area in the south of Mus­cat.

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