The Jordanian Cabinet has given the go-ahead for the first phase of a $980m desalination project on the country’s Red Sea coast, Jordan Times reports.
With a capacity of 200 million m³, it is hoped the facility will meet the country’s rising demand for water from a growing population, as well as reviving Jordan’s depleted Dead Sea.
Jordan’s Minister of Water and Irrigation Hazem Nasser announced that the ministry will float a tender before the end of the year to implement the proposed development.
The project will entail a conveyor to transfer seawater from the Red Sea, a desalination plant to be established in Wadi Araba, and another pipeline from the plant to the Dead Sea to discharge the brine, which it is hoped will prevent the water mass from drying up further.
Between 400 and 500 jobs are expected to be created by the project, with the government aiming to secure in the region of $300m to $400m to fund it.
The desalination proposal replaces the Jordan Red Sea Development Project (JRSP) which was dropped in July by the Jordanian government as it was deemed a costly and time-consuming venture that required billions of dollars to be implemented.