Minister: Aqaba-Amman water carrier contract to be sealed before yearend

[24-01-2022 04:55 PM]

Ammon News - Minister of Water and Irrigation Mohammed Najjar said Monday that he expects the contract for an Aqaba-Amman water carrier to be signed before the end of 2022 and that the mega project will be ready by 2027.

The minister told Petra in an interview that five consortiums had been prequalified and had received the project’s technical documents, adding that bidders had been given 6 months to submit their financial and technical offers.

According to Najjar, the pipeline-based project, which involves the construction of an intake station and a desalination plant in the Gulf of Aqaba, is expect to cost $2.5 billion. However, the minister said the figure is "not final".

He described the project as strategic and a top priority for the Kingdom’s water security, indicating that it will provide the capital and other regions of the Kingdom with around 300 million cubic meters of desalinated seawater annually.

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