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Six finalists in Jordanian water mega-project

Shortlisted firms to submit offers for Jordan's water future

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Six companies have been shortlisted for Jordan's ambitious water project. (Getty Images)
Six companies have been shortlisted for Jordan's ambitious water project. (Getty Images)

Six consortia have been shortlisted as potential master developers for the Jordan Red Sea project, which is planned to address the country’s severe water shortage.

Accionna-Mitsubishi, ACWA Power, Jordan Red Sea Group, Orascom Construction Industries, Samsung C&T Corporation and Sinohydro Corporation Ltd have all qualified to serve as master developer for the mega-project, out of nine that submitted implementation documents.

Head of the JRSP steering committee, and Minister of Water and Irrigation Mohammad Najjar said: “The qualifying groups will receive the project’s tender documents today, and will be given the opportunity to submit their offers until September. The offers will be evaluated, and the best will be selected to serve as the master developer of the JRSP.”

Planners hope that the project will provide a secure and affordable supply of water for the country, by extracting more than 2,000 million cubic metres of water from the Red Sea every year, desalinating roughly half of it and sending the rest to the shrinking Dead Sea. The water project is also planned to generate 180MW of hydroelectricity, and will be implemented in five stages.
 

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