Bidding stage for National Water Carrier to begin in March — minister

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AMMAN — Minister of Water and Irrigation Mohammad Al-Najjar said that the ministry will begin receiving bids for the National Water Carrier Project at the end of March, after which the evaluation and negotiation processes will begin.اضافة اعلان

Najjar was speaking at a meeting of the Parliamentary Finance committee on Tuesday, during which participants discussed the 2023 budget of the Water Ministry and its affiliated departments.  

The Kingdom’s per capita share of water is continuously declining due to population growth and climate change, the minister said, highlighting the importance of moving forward with the national project, which will provide additional quantities of water to meet the Kingdom’s needs.

He expressed hopes that a project implementation agreement would be signed before the end of the current year, and drilling operations and project implementation would begin during the second half of next year.

Najjar predicted that the project implementation stage would take about four years.

The ministry floated water and sanitation tenders worth JD600 million last year, and will implement projects during the current year at a value of JD600–650 million.

In terms of sanitation services, the Kingdom’s sanitation network coverage currently stands at 68 percent, he said, mentioning plans by the ministry to raise the coverage to 70 percent.

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