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Jordan is bullish on the prospects for stage one of its ambitious project. In the long term, however, the cost of operating the scheme means major incentives beyond the world of water will be required to make it bankable.
Jordan should link its desalination plans with its ambitions for renewable energy, says Tom Scotney.
A new report from PwC, released earlier this month, proposes five key measures to tackle the crisis in the Spanish water market and stimulate the flow of private funds into the sector.
The signing of a cross-border agreement on transferring water from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea is a historic political coup. The desal plant that will drive the project could be a more difficult – and more distant – prospect.
At the end of August, Jordanian prime minister Abdullah Nsur announced that the country would be pursuing a $1 billion scaled-down version of the Jordan Red Sea Project.
Water transfers with Israel would solve one problem for Jordan’s planners. Construction costs remain the elephant in the room.
Jordan has presented a bold new cross-border solution to the problem of funding the long-delayed Red-Dead desalination project. Do the sums add up?
Jordan’s need for capital investment in the water sector is getting more and more pressing. It will have to solve its own debt problems first if it is to make any progress.
Qatar has started the process of procurement on a new wave of privately financed desalination plants.
The Jordan Red Sea Project looks likely to kick off with a 200,000m3/d desalination plant at Aqaba on the Red Sea, rather than a 600,000m3/d facility on the Dead Sea.