Red Sea Project developer to be announced by October – ministry

Ministry to meet with bidding companies next week

by Hana Namrouqa | Apr 12,2012 | JORDAN TIMES

AMMAN — The master developer of the Jordan Red Sea Project (JRSP) will likely be announced in late September or early October, after bidders present their proposals next week, a government official said on Thursday.

The JRSP technical steering committee will announce the winning bidder after it evaluates the submitted proposals, Ministry of Water and Irrigation Assistant Secretary General and Spokesperson Adnan Zu’bi said.

“Two international firms that submitted proposals to serve as the master developer of the JRSP are scheduled to visit the country soon to present their plans for implementing the mega-project,” Zu’bi told The Jordan Times.

Minister of Water and Irrigation Moussa Jamani said recently that the companies would brief the committee on how they plan to implement, finance and invest in the JRSP. He noted that two separate meetings will be held with the companies on April 18 and 22.

The minister did not identify the two companies, but said that one of them is prominent in construction and financing, while the second is a leader in investment. Both companies may be asked to implement the project as a consortium.

“The committee will study the proposals and announce the winning company later this year,” Zu’bi underscored.

The JRSP, implementation of which is expected to begin early next year, is projected to supply the Kingdom with around one billion cubic metres of water annually by 2022, with implementation of the first phase to start early next year.

Under the first phase of the JRSP, water will be conveyed from the Red Sea through pipelines to a desalination facility that will be built in Aqaba. Water generated from the plant will be distributed to the port city and surrounding development projects.

The project entails extracting 2,150 million cubic metres (mcm) of water from the Red Sea every year; 930mcm will be desalinated and 1,220mcm will be channelled into the shrinking Dead Sea. In addition, 180 megawatts of electricity will be generated by projected hydropower stations.

In addition to providing much needed water, the JRSP includes an economic development programme that entails the establishment of gated communities, resorts, industries and other projects, according to the ministry

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