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Jordan to begin Red Sea-Dead Sea water project
« on: June 26, 2014, 19:27:43 PM »
Jordan to begin Red Sea-Dead Sea water project

2014-06-18 By Mohammad Ghazal in Amman

Water from the Red Sea will be pumped into the dwindling Dead Sea, above, under a Jordanian water conveyance project which will be put out for tender soon. [Mohammad Ghazal/Al-Shorfa]

The Jordan Valley Authority (JVA) is preparing to release an international tender for the Red Sea-Dead Sea water conveyance project, which seeks to pump water from the Red Sea to desalinate for drinking and to boost the level of the diminishing Dead Sea.
The authority will open the tender before the end of this year and will call on international companies in the energy, water and construction sectors to compete for the project, said JVA secretary general Saad Abu Hammour.

The strategic project is designed to address Jordan's water shortages, he told Al-Shorfa.
Jordan is one of the poorest countries in the world in terms of water resources.
"The project, which is based on build, operate and transfer of ownership, is to be implemented over several stages with an overall budget of about $11 billion," he said.

The project includes building a desalination plant in al-Aqaba to desalinate Red Sea water and produce around 80 million cubic metres of fresh water a year, Abu Hammour said.

The desalination process also will produce approximately 100 million cubic meters of water a year which will be pumped through a pipeline from al-Aqaba into the Dead Sea, he said.
"The project will play a key role in saving the Dead Sea, which is declining by an average of one metre a year due to evaporation" and other factors, Abu Hammour said.

It also is expected to contribute towards the creation of hundreds of jobs in the region, he added, with results expected to be realised by 2019.

The project will help raise tourism investment on the banks of the Dead Sea where there is a pressing need for more development, said Tahseen al-Jaarat, chairman of the diwan in the town of Sweimah in the Dead Sea region.

Saving the Dead Sea is a matter of urgency due to its historical and tourism significance, he said, not only for local residents but for Jordan and tourism around the world.

On April 15th, Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour laid the foundation for a massive tourism project in the Dead Sea area called Porto Dead Sea with a budget of more than $1 billion.

The project, which includes the creation of new tourist spots, hotels and entertainment and residential areas, is expected to boost the economy by strengthening the tourism sector.
This, in turn, is expected to attract regional and international investment to Jordan and to create thousands of jobs for Jordanians.

"Saving the Dead Sea will help strengthen tourism and investment and, as a result, will create job opportunities for the young people in the region as well as provide training for them in the hospitality industry," al-Jaarat told Al-Shorfa.

Saving the Dead Sea from its annual decline in water levels is extremely important, but this must be done by giving careful consideration to the environmental aspect, said Jordan Environment Society (JES) executive director, Ahmed al-Kofhi.

"There has to be an in-depth study of the project, especially when it comes to the pipeline that will run from al-Aqaba to the Dead Sea as the area between al-Aqaba and the Dead Sea is rich in natural reserves as well as rare animals and birds," he told Al-Shorfa.

Studies to assess the social and environmental impact must be undertaken in partnership with relevant civil society organisations, he said, adding that the JES supports any project that conserves the environment and also contributes towards preserving the Dead Sea.