Oman water sector restructured, Diam cancelled 

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9 December 2020

MUSCAT (WAF): Sultan Haitham bin Tariq issued today a Royal Decree mandating the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources to be the policy-maker to the water and wastewater sector in Oman, setting APSR as the regulator, two SOEs as operators. 

Along with its current duties to regulate the electricity and gas transmission sectors, the Authority for Public Services Regulation (APSR) has been mandated to be the regulator for the water and wastewater sector.

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For the operations, Oman Wastewater Company SAOC (Haya Water) will be the operator across the country except for Dhofar governorate. The employees of the Public Authority for Water (Diam) will be transferred to Haya Water, along with all operational duties of the sector.

Likewise, Dhofar Power Company (DPC) takes over the same duties in Dhofar, where the employees of Salalah Sanitary Drainage Services Company and the General Directorate of Water in the Office of the Minister of State and Governor of Dhofar will be transferred to DPC.

The two state-owned enterprises (Haya Water and DPC) shall have all the rights, obligations, assets and liabilities related to the water and wastewater sector from the various units of the state’s administrative apparatus according to each company’s geographical mandate.

The Ministry of Finance and Oman Investment Authority will work – within a period not exceeding six months – to complete the restructuring of the sector. The RD states that following the completion of the restructuring, Diam will be abolished.