US firms line up for water projects

26 July 2002

The government is pushing ahead with two major water projects funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

Four groups of US-based companies are expected to bid by a revised early-August deadline for the estimated $90 million-100 million Wadi Main, Zahra and Mujib water treatment project. The groups are: Morgantiwith Ondeoand Metcalf & Eddy; a second group led by Black & Veatch International; Earthtechwith ABB Susa; and Contrack Internationalwith US Filterand Stanley Consultants(MEED 5:7:02).

The project, to be implemented on a design and build basis, involves the construction of a 55 million-cubic-metre-a-day plant on the Dead Sea. Treated spring water will be conveyed through a 40-kilometre, 1,200-millimetre-wide pipeline to the Nabouq reservoir, close to the international airport in Amman.

Four unidentified groups have prequalified for the contract to build the Wihdeh dam on the Syrian-Jordanian border. The identities of the groups are expected to be announced by the end of July, an official at the Jordan Valley Authority told MEED on 23 July. The project involves the construction of a 60-metre-long dam with a capacity of 125 million cubic metres. On completion the dam will supply water for some 11,750 acres of cultivated land in the Jordan Valley, and drinking water for the northern town of Zarqa.

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