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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