Jordan to build 195 mile pipeline to transport
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AMMAN, Jordan -- Jordan has floated a $600 million project
to draw water from below the desert's sands for use within the
parched kingdom, a Cabinet minister has said.
An international and local operator has been called to build,
operate and transfer water from an aquifer in southeastern Jordan for
40 years. After that the aquifer will be handed over to the state.
Jordan is faced with acute water shortages because of a three-year
regional drought. The Arab kingdom heavily depends on rain for
municipal and drinking needs.
Firms have to submit bids by October 23 to build, operate, and
transfer water from the Disi aquifer, said Water and Irrigation
Minister Hazem Nasser.
Nasser said a 195-mile long pipeline will be built, stretching
from the capital, Amman, to Disi, which lies near the Saudi Arabian
border. The pipeline will feed cities and towns along its path.
Pumping and flow control stations will also be built.
Jordan will spend $200 million on the two-year project, Nasser
said. A firm will soon be established to offer equity shares for the
remaining $400 million. The state-run Social Security Corp. will hold
25 percent of the remaining shares, while the rest is expected to be
owned by international and local firms.
Libya and Iran have shown interest to provide technical expertise
and low-cost plastic pipelines for the project.
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