Consultants study Damascus water scheme

28 June 2002

Two sets of international consultants have started work on parallel studies on supplying water to Damascus from sources in the north of the country (MEED 13:7:01).

A team of the Netherlands' DHV Consultantsand Switzerland's IBG is working on a contract to study the feasibility of tapping groundwater resources in the northern coastal region and building a pipeline from there to the capital. The other study, looking at laying a pipeline from Lake Asad, behind the Euphrates dam, to Damascus, is being carried out by a team of Egypt's Dr Ahmed Abdel-WarithConsulting Engineersand South Africa's Africon.

Seven groups bid for the two contracts, which were originally put out to tender in January 2000. The project is expected to cost up to $1,000 million.

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