Jor­dan picks firms for canal pro­ject

The Myanmar Times - - Business -

JOR­DAN has cho­sen five in­ter­na­tional con­sor­tiums to build the first phase of a multi-mil­lion-dol­lar canal link­ing the Red Sea to the shrink­ing Dead Sea.

The am­bi­tious US$1.1 bil­lion pro­ject has been in the works for more than a decade and aims to pro­vide much-needed wa­ter to Jor­dan, Is­rael and the Pales­tinian ter­ri­to­ries.

It moved closer to re­al­ity in De­cem­ber 2013 when Is­rael, Jor­dan and the Pales­tinian Au­thor­ity signed a wa­ter-shar­ing deal.

Jor­dan’s wa­ter and ir­ri­ga­tion min­istry in a state­ment said the con­sor­tiums were made up of 20 en­gi­neer­ing firms from Asia, Europe and North Amer­ica.

The first phase of the pro­ject in­volves build­ing a con­veyance sys­tem to trans­fer 300 mil­lion cu­bic me­tres (10.6 bil­lion cu­bic feet) of wa­ter each year from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea.

The min­istry has said it would also see the con­struc­tion of a de­sali­na­tion plant with a ca­pac­ity of 65-85 mil­lion cu­bic me­tres a year.

Ex­perts have warned that the Dead Sea, the low­est and salti­est body of wa­ter in the world, is on course to dry out by 2050.

Its degra­da­tion started in the 1960s when Is­rael, Jor­dan and Syria be­gan to di­vert wa­ter from the Jor­dan River, the main source for the Dead Sea.

Wa­ter is a rare re­source in Jor­dan, where 92 per­cent of the land is desert. –

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