A senior Iraqi government official has disclosed that Iraq has embarked on a significant initiative to build a seawater desalination plant in the Southern Basra province, reports Utilities Middle East.
The new desalination facility aims to address the acute drinking water scarcity in the region, Ammar Al-Jabouri, the head of the Water Department at the Construction and Housing Ministry, announced on Tuesday.
The new plant is set to have a daily production capacity of one million liters, strategically positioned to fulfill the potable water requirements not only of Basra city but also of Faw Port and the surrounding areas.
Having obtained the cabinet’s approval, the project holds the potential to revolutionize the water supply dynamics in the region.
Al-Jabouri, in conversation with the official Iraqi news agency, disclosed that the Ministry has formed a collaborative partnership with Austria's ILF Consulting Engineers, who have been enlisted as project consultants.
This alliance intends to incorporate specialized expertise into the endeavor, ensuring its success.
Al-Jabouri stated, "This desalination plant is projected to yield a daily output of one million liters, effectively addressing the potable water needs of Basra, Faw, Khor Zubair, Shatt Al-Arab, Umm Qasr, and the adjacent regions."
However, Al-Jabouri did not disclose the financial details, technology specifics, or the anticipated completion timeline for the project.