The Basra Investment Commission has approved a $100 million waste plant to be built by Dow Chemical's Kuwait branch, according to AKnews.
The company, which already has plants in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, will enter Basra and invest in water purification projects and will consider providing environmental solutions, professional consultation and technical services.
Waste and industrial water will be treated and recycled, converting polluted river water and high saline ground water into safe water for drinking and irrigation.
Tawfiq al-Manei, company adviser and director of the International Bureau of Consultancy and Economic Studies, said: "We chose Basra because of its multiple benefits, most importantly the geographical location for the State of Kuwait.
"The rate of waste in Basra reaches to 2,000 tons a year which makes us in dire need for such projects to recycle and treat waste and improve the environmental situation in Basra."