Webuild Group’s unit Fisia Italimpianti has won two engineering, procurement and construction contracts worth a combined total of about USD 330 million for two desalination plants in Oman. Located on the coast in the Gulf of Oman north of Muscat, the plants will serve residents living near the capital. The contracts, commissioned by the Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (, will have Fisia Italimpianti and its joint-venture partner GS Inima Environment build plants that use the reverse osmosis process to desalinate water from the sea. The first, Ghubrah 3 IWP, will have a production capacity of 300,000 cubic metres of water a day, while the second, Barka 5 IWP, will produce 100,000 cubic metres a day. Both projects are expected to take three years to complete, with Ghubrah becoming the biggest in the sultanate. Fisia Italimpianti has a 50% stake in both joint-ventures.
The Barka 5 and Ghubrah 3 plants will increase the Group’s presence in Oman as it helps the sultanate reach its goals of sustainable development, confronting the challenge of water scarcity posed by a desert climate. Fisia Italimpianti entered Oman in 2017 with the Salalah project, a desalination plant that also uses the reverse osmosis process to produce 113,500 cubic metres a day of potable water for the city of the same name on the southwestern coast. Its construction is to be completed soon.