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Giant Jordan water project finally underway

Senior officials mark launch of Disi scheme

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Jordan's giant Disi conveyance project is officially underway.
Jordan's giant Disi conveyance project is officially underway.

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.

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