Europeans largest donors to National Carrier project

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AMMAN — According to data published by the German Embassy in Amman, European contributions to the National Water Carrier Project, which will desalinate and transport water from Aqaba to Amman and the rest of governorates, amounted to approximately 570 million euro, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.اضافة اعلان

Some of the contributions came in the form of grants:

Fifty million euros from the EU, 50 million euro from Germany, 25 million euro from the Netherlands, and contributions of 7 million euros each from Italy and France.

The rest of the contributions came in the form of loans:

One hundred million euro from France, 50 million euro from Italy, 25 million euro from Spain, 219 million euro from the European Investment Bank, and 44 million euro from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Upon completion, the national water carrier project will support the Jordanian government in improving the delivery of water to Jordanians through more sustainable energy consumption. The project is intended to be consistent with the highest standards of environmental and social protection measures, and the lowest environmental and social impact.

German Ambassador to Amman Bernhard Kampmann said “today marks an important step in Jordan’s journey towards improving water security, where the inclusion of an emissions reduction mechanism is a milestone not only for the project, but also for Jordan’s climate aspirations”.

He added, “based on the pledges made to date, Germany will be the second largest contributor to the national carrier project grant, together with the EU”.

The German embassy in Amman stated that Germany plans to co-finance the national carrier project with a grant of 50 million euro from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development after the final adoption of the 2022 general budget.

According to the embassy, “Germany will support the Jordanian government to ensure the long-term financial sustainability of the water sector and reduce water waste, and the national carrier project could become a best practice project in green solutions and energy efficiency, which is based on the provision of additional low-emission water”.

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