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SEATTLE -- A Turkish firm has won the bid to draw water
from beneath Jordan's desert to meet the needs of an increasingly
thirsty capital, the minister of water and irrigation said.
Mohammed al-Shatnawi said the Ankara-based company, GAMA,
submitted the best bid among several Jordanian and other
international firms competing for a build, operate and transfer
project to extract water from southeast Jordan's al-Disi aquifer.
The US$872 million al-Disi Water Conveyance Project will provide
the water-deprived Jordanian capital of Amman with 100 million cubic
meters a year for the next century, al-Shatnawi told reporters.
The project will be jointly financed by the company, which will
provide $175 million and the government, which will offer US$200
million. The rest will be funded with loans, the minister said,
adding that work would begin in early 2008.
The arid desert kingdom faces an acute water shortage because of a
harsh regional drought and depends heavily on scarce rainfall for its
drinking and agricultural needs.
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