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Jordan delays key water project bidding round

AMMAN, April 23, 2016

Jordan's Ministry of Water and Irrigation has extended the deadline for submission of the prequalification proposals for the first phase of the Red Sea-Dead Sea Water Conveyance Project (Red-Dead) to May 30, said a report.

The first phase of the Red-Dead project will be developed on a build, operate and transfer basis, reported the Jordan Times, citing a source.  

Jordan had signed a memorandum of understanding with Israel and Palestine in December 2013 to implement the first phase of the Red-Dead project.

Under the proposal, Palestine will receive 30 million cu m of freshwater to cover its water deficit, while Israel will buy its share of 50 million cu m of desalinated water from the project at cost value and sell Jordan the same amount of water in the northern Jordan Valley at a cost of JD0.27 per cubic metre.

Construction on the first phase is planned to start next year, according to the ministry, which said that under the first phase, a total of 300 million cu m water will be pumped each year.

The project's main components are a seawater intake structure; an intake pump station; a seawater pipeline; a desalination plant with a capacity of 65-85 million cu m per year and a desalination brine conveyance pipeline, said the report

Besides this work will also involve construction of two lifting pump stations; hydropower plants; and discharge facilities at the Dead Sea, it stated.

A total of 85-100mcm of water will be desalinated annually, while the seawater will be pumped out from an intake located in the north of the Gulf of Aqaba, it added.

Tags: Jordan | Bidding | water project | Red-Dead |

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