Demand for desalinated water is projected to more than double from 132.9 million per year in 2009 to 320.6 million by 2016

This demand will be fueled by population growth and social development as well as an active policy by the government to move away from groundwater as a source of potable water supply. A further need for large-sized desalination plants has been identified to help meet demand.

Sembcorp Salalah, has invested approximately US$1bn to develop, finance, build, own and operate the Salalah Independent Water and Power Plant. With water capacity of 69,000 cubic metres per day the plant is expected to meet the majority of water demands for the Dhofar region.