COOL SOLUTIONS

Oman 2017 | ENVIRONMENT & UTILITIES | INTERVIEW

TBY talks to Eng. Hussain Hassan Ali Abdul Hussain, CEO of Haya Water, on the many uses of treated effluent, connecting the country with a water re-use system, and working with other local companies.

 Eng. Hussain Hassan Ali Abdul Hussain
BIOGRAPHY
Eng. Hussain Hassan Ali Abdul Hussain became the CEO of Haya Water in 2012. He brings with him 24 years of experience in oil and gas projects, business operations, and commercial developments in Oman. He graduated from the University of Arizona and spent 14 years working for Petroleum Development Oman.

In a context of increasing water prices, how do you assess the importance of maximizing the use of this resource through your capabilities?

Haya Water provides the treated effluent (TE) as a suitable alternative water resource for uses other than drinking. There is great potential for agriculture, landscaping, district cooling, power production, and more. Currently, the TE utilization rate stands at 53% of production, and our plan is to reach 67% by 2026 during peak seasons. Haya Water is currently supplying Muscat Municipality with TE for landscaping. Other customers such as the Opera House and every golf course are also making good use of this water resource. Haya Water aims to reserve potable or ground water and use TE as a substitute. In coordination with PAEW, Haya Water received a list of high water consumers and strives to offer them TE for irrigation and industrial use.

How will your plans to connect at least 80% of properties by 2020 with a water re-use network system stand as a milestone in the region?

Haya Water's Master Plan 2013 projected 80% connectivity of properties in Muscat by 2020. Currently the connectivity stands at 35%. It is a challenge to achieve the initial target due to practical challenges on the ground during the implementation of the projects. Some of these challenges are the lack of necessary drawings for other utilities, the long time required to obtain the NOCs, insufficient resource management by some contractors, the rapid development of Muscat, and the changes in land usage. The constant growth in Muscat led to variations and extension of time for most of the projects. However, the updated Master Plan 2016 has taken these challenges into account and revised the targets accordingly. Based on MP 2016, 900,000 m3/d STP capacity is required instead of the earlier plan, which was 434,000 m3/d. It is important to point out here that the master plan of 2016 identified 316,258 properties to reach 80% connectivity, whereas the 2013 master plan identified 225,227 properties to reach to the same percentage.

Last June, Haya Water announced its intention to build USD67.5 million in water projects in Oman. What are the plants being expanded and what new projects are you conducting?

Projects are being initiated and implemented in line with the master plan for building a sewage network, a treatment plant, a TE system, which includes a pumping station, and distribution network facilities. The projects are progressing in four out of seven catchments under the Muscat Governorate toward the objective of 80% connectivity. The projects are under different stages, namely initiation, design, tendering, and construction. A contract has been awarded to KEO for Design of Al Khuwair 17/1 and 17/2 Integrated Service, the new approach to establishing the concept of a “utility corridor.” Also, focus is being given to enhance TE supply with dedicated projects. Furthermore, Haya Water is playing a major role in supporting the execution of Muttrah Integrated Infrastructure Redevelopment (MIIR) project managed by Muscat Municipality, for which design works are in progress. In regional governorates, Haya Water was given the mandate in 2014 to extend the services of the water reuse scheme to all regional governorates except Dhofar. In continuation of the directions from the government for the transfer of projects from MRMWR to Haya Water dated May 1, 2016, the projects have been taken over.

How are you cooperating with other local companies like Tabreed and Be'ah in providing green solutions for the country?

The environment team has approached Be'ah regarding waste management and in particular hazardous waste in order to discover its plans and to see if Haya Water can send it hazardous waste for disposal. Be'ah explained its plans to deal with waste in general and informed us that it is not yet ready to receive hazardous waste at its location. We started to approach our existing and potential customers to encourage them to use TE for cooling. At the moment, we are working with Tabreed on all its projects that need TE for cooling. Palm Mall and Panorama Mall are already connected.