Iraq awards Basra water deal to Kuwaiti firm

$117 million contract includes building pipelines

  
Image for illustrative purpose. An excavator operator helps construct an emergency pipeline to increase supplies of potable water in Willits, California February 25, 2014. Picture taken February 25, 2014.

Image for illustrative purpose. An excavator operator helps construct an emergency pipeline to increase supplies of potable water in Willits, California February 25, 2014. Picture taken February 25, 2014.

REUTERS/Noah Berger

16 September 2019
Iraq has awarded a Kuwaiti company a contract for the construction of water supply pipelines in the Southern port of Basra within the city's four-package water supply improvement project, the official Alsabah newspaper said on Monday.

The Construction and Housing Ministry signed the $117 million contract for the building of the 37-kilometre pipeline network with the Kuwaiti firm this week, it said.

"This is phase one of the water supply project in Basra... the other three phases are under way and will be partly completed this year," the paper quoted Construction and Housing Minister Bengin Rikani as saying.

Rikani did not name that contractor but said the project, with a capacity of 200,000 cubic metres per day, involves the construction of pipelines and water treatment and desalination facilities. It will be funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, he added.

(Writing by Nadim Kawach; Editing by Anoop Menon)

(anoop.menon@refinitiv.com)

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