Jordan's As-Samra wastewater plant to be expanded
Millennium Challenge Corporation signs expansion deal for Zarqa plant
The CEO of the United States’ Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), Daniel Yohannes, has participated in the signing of an agreement for the US $184.3 million expansion of Jordan’s As-Samra wastewater treatment plant. The deal is part of the five-year MCC agreement to reduce poverty in Jordan through investments targeted at water infrastructure. The project, when finished in December 2016, is aiming to benefit more than three million residents in Amman and Zarqa Governates.
The expansion of the site is necessary to cope with growing wastewater volumes, with the plant already running at close to capacity. The plans will see the plant’s capacity expanded by 97,800 cubic meters per day, boosting overall capacity by over one third and will mean water treatment needs are met through until 2025.
The plans to expand the plant include the use of private sector investment to provide a proportion of construction costs, which is hoped will enhance the operation by sharing risks related to financing, construction and operations. The Jordan Times has reported that Samra Plant Company – a consortium comprising Suez Environment, Infilco Degremont and Morganti Group – will be meeting $92 million of the project costs, with the MCC grant paying the remainder.