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Iran is this week to begin work on a water transfer project that will see water transferred from the Caspian Sea to the centre of the country. The Mehr News agency has reported that the project, which will see the construction of pipelines and a desalination facility, will have an annual capacity of 200 million cubic metres of water.
Work is about to begin to determine the best route for the pipelines, which will bring desalinated water from the Caspian Sea’s south coast to the drier central areas of Iran. President Ahmadinejad has also told Mehr News that a similar scheme is under consideration to transfer water from the Persian Gulf to Iran's southern areas.