Arab Shipbuilding & Repair Yard Company (Asry), a leading ship and rig repair yard in the Arabian Gulf, has approved a build-operate-transfer (BOT) contract for the completion and upgrading of a reverse osmosis seawater desalination plant. The agreement, which has an estimated $8.6m budget and April 2015 operational target, was signed at Asry by all parties concerned, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN). The desalination plant project, previously managed by Gemsil Aquatech Services, had an initial production capacity of 3,000 tonnes per day. However, under Gulf Marketing House’s new guidance, the capacity will be expanded to 7,000 tonnes per day. As such, they have contracted Spanish firm Enoxa, to supply all technical resources and equipment required for the upgrade and commission of the plant. This will not only meet the future requirements of Asry, but also contribute to serving the Bahrain community by contributing to daily national requirements of sweet water.