Jordan plans second wastewater project for 2011

25 October 2010

Water Ministry in talks over second build, operate and transfer project

Jordan’s Ministry of Water and Irrigation is currently in negotiations with developers over plans for a second build, operate and transfer (BOT) wastewater project on the Dead Sea Coast.

“We are planning our documents – RFPs and so on for next year when we will be asking private sector to be involved in wastewater treatment and re-use,” Mohammad Najjar, director of Programme Management Unit at the Water & Irrigation Ministry told MEED.

The Dead Sea project is understood to have been chosen as the next BOT due to the higher potential revenues that can be raised from a facility serving hotels and tourists, compared with the heavily subsidised tariffs paid by domestic users.

For future BOTs, the government anticipates providing considerable up-front financing towards capital constructions costs, as was the case at the $169m Al-Samra plant in Amman, which began operations in April 2008. Samra Project Company took over the existing 68,000 cubic metres a day (cm/d) works and built a new 267,000 cm/d plant under a 25 year public-private partnership (PPP) agreement. The government provided about 55 per cent of the required capital investment.

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