US companies in hot water

16 November 2001

The Water & Irrigation Ministry is expected to announce the prequalifiers for the Wadi Main, Zara and Mujib water treatment project by the end of the year. Five US groups submitted prequalification documents by the 27 August deadline for the contract to build a $95 million plant to treat water from hot springs at three locations on the Dead Sea.

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) is financing the design, construction and operation of the water treatment and desalination plant, which will have a capacity of 53 million cubic metres a year. The successful contractor will also be responsible for construction of six pumping stations and a 41-kilometre pipeline to transfer treated water from the Dead Sea to Amman. Work on the project is expected to begin in October 2001 and to be completed by July 2004.

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