Framework agreement with Oman’s national water company

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Last year Witteveen+Bos, in collaboration with YAS CE (Oman) and KWR (the Netherlands), was awarded a three-year framework agreement by Oman’s national water company (PAW), for the purpose of reviewing and preparing draft designs for new water distribution networks in Oman.

Under the agreement, W+B and its collaboration partners have to compete with another international consultancy firm to be awarded specific projects. As well as quotation prices, PAW will be looking at quality and how knowledge is transferred to their young engineers. The Planning and Asset Management department at PAW is staffed by young engineers, who are responsible for preparing the draft design themselves; accordingly, knowledge transfer has been designated as a key component of our assignment. Our mission is not only to teach PAW employees how to improve technical aspects – such as hydraulic modelling, water demand calculations, network layouts, cost estimates, etc. – but also how to develop their soft skills, such as reporting, risk management, and stakeholder management.

So far, PAW has asked Witteveen+Bos to review five designs and assist on two master planning assignments. The results provided PAW with valuable input for making estimates regarding future water demand, required reservoir capacity, and the water supply network’s resilience in the event of an emergency – in short, valuable information on where to focus their investments in water supply infrastructure. PAW is satisfied with the results and follow-up projects are currently in the pipeline.

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