(MENAFN- Jordan News Agency)
Amman, Sept. 27 (Petra) -- The National Carrier Project, a prospective Amman-Aqaba water conveyance venture, is making significant progress in terms of funding mobilization and technical procedure completion, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Water and Irrigation Jihad Mahamid said Tuesday.
In an interview with Petra, Mahamid stated that the project will be conducted using a build-operate-transfer (BOT) model and that five prequalified consortiums have been selected to present their proposals.
He expected bidders' offers to be presented by the end of the year, followed by financial close and completion of all other procedural requirements before the project could begin, stressing that the desalination of the Red Sea water is the only national, safe, and sustainable source of water.
The project is part of the Government's Economic Priorities Program (2021-2023), he said, adding that several meetings with international multilateral finance funds were held to discuss the project.
On March 16, the ministry sent a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the construction of the 450-km pipeline project that will annually pump over 300 million cubic meters of desalinated seawater from the Red Sea port of Aqaba to Amman and elsewhere across the Kingdom. By 2028, the project will consistently pump water until 2040 with a capital of USD2.5 billion.
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