This week Jordan’s Ministry of Water and Irrigation issued a request for pre-qualification documents from qualified companies and consortia of investors and developers for the construction and operation of the Aqaba Amman Water Desalination and Conveyance Project (AAWDCP), as published in Tenders electronic daily.
The AAWDCP project will supply domestic water to Amman and surroundings, and may also supply Aqaba and other cities.
To be implemented on a build-operate-transfer basis (BOT), the project will comprise two phases. In the first phase, the contractor will provide the Government of Jordan 130 mcm per year of domestic water, to meet the demand into 2025 and beyond; 100 mcm per year will come from desalination and 30 mcm per year will come from groundwater.
Under phase II, the project capacity will increase up to 220 mcm per year. During the definitive proposal phase, the ministry will define a schedule for the projected increase in capacity.
The project envisions the design, construction and operation of: a seawater desalination plant with a capacity of 100 mcm per year, which could be later expanded; a seawater intake and outlet system and a water conveyance and reservoir scheme with a capacity of 220 mcm/year in the first project phase; pumping stations (220 mcm/year for civil works, 100 mcm/year for the mechanical & electrical system from the plant to Wellfield, and 130 mcm/year for the mechanical & electrical system after Wellfield).
The winning bidder is to establish a special purpose company according to Jordanian law, responsible for implementing project infrastructure, management, operations and maintenance, planning, procurement, receipt, control and repayment of project financing. Such established Project Company will be in charge of arranging project financing; the ministry will request financing from international financing institutions for the Project Company.
The ministry announced the project as ‘the largest water generation scheme to be implemented in the history of the Kingdom’, to provide sustainable water resources for future generations, according to the Jordan Times. Minister Raed Abul Saud said that the water generated through desalination in the project’s first phase will be mixed with groundwater from the Wadi Rum basin to yield top quality drinking water.
The project is part of the country’s efforts to adapt to climate change, diminishing water resources and population growth. The ministry has also stated that preparations are under way for a number of projects in the waste management sector, including a new waste water treatment plant in Ghabawi and the expansion of the plant at Ain Ghazal. A tender process is also under way for a non-revenue water project.