Giant Jordan water project finally underway
Senior officials mark launch of Disi scheme
Work on Jordan’s US$1 billion Disi Conveyance Project, which will supply Amman with 100 million cubic metres of water a year, is now officially under way.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Jordanian Prime Minister Nader Dahabi were both present at the launch yesterday, a few months after financial closure was achieved at the end of June.
Turkish company GAMA will oversee the project, and has already purchase 30,000 tonnes of pipes at a cost of $32 million, according to a report in the Jordan Times.
The BOT project will transfer aquifer water from Disi to the Jordanian capital via 325-kilometre pipeline.
Jordan’s government has $400 million of equity in the project, with the European Investment Bank and the French Development Agency each extending $100 million worth of soft loans.