The $75 million-100 million plant will have an average flow rate capacity of 446,000 cubic metres a day. It will serve all of north Beirut (see Tenders).

The turnkey contract includes staff training and plant operations & maintenance for three-five years. It also includes the construction of a sludge incineration plant and the rehabilitation of an existing sea outfall. The two-stage scheme will be 100 per cent financed by the contractor. Jacobs Gibb, the UK arm of US consultant Jacobs Engineering Group,drew up the project specifications.