By John Lee.
A consortium has been awarded a $240-million engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) order from Iraq's Ministry of Municipalities and Public Works to build pretreatment facilities at a desalination plant in Basra.
Japan's Hitachi and Veolia Environnement of France have won $100 million of the total, with Egyptian engineering firm ArabCo getting the rest for civil engineering, construction, and on- site installation work.
Construction is scheduled to begin in immediately, with completion scheduled for April 2017.
The pretreatment facilities include surrounding river water intake facilities and water transport networks, for which he Japanese government has provided loan assistance.
According to WaterWorld, the contract is an addition to an earlier EPC and five-year operation and maintenance deal, won by the Franco-Japanese consortium, for the Basra plant.
The Basra reverse osmosis (RO) desalination plant will be the largest facility of its kind in Iraq, capable of supplying drinking water at 199,000 m3/d.
(Sources: Desalination & Water Reuse, WaterWorld)