Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 26
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iran has inaugurated the country's biggest water desalination plant in Zahedan, the capital city of south eastern Sistan and Baluchestan province, Iranian IRINN TV reported on Dec. 26.
The facility has the capacity to desalinate 20,000 cubic meters of water per day, Iranian energy minister, Hamid Chitchian said during the inauguration ceremony of the plant.
Some 220 billion rials (about $8.88 million based on official rate of 24,776 rials per each USD) has been invested in the plant.
Chitchian underlined that the administration has allocated some 2 trillion rials ($80.7 million) to supply water to villages of the Sistan and Baluchestan province in the next year's budget bill.
On Dec 23, Iranian media outlets quoted the managing director of Iran Power Plant Projects Management Co., Abbas Aliabadi as saying Iran will launch a water desalination plant on Qeshm Island, located in the Persian Gulf in February 2013.
The plant which will have the capacity to desalinate 18,000 cubic meters of water per day, can supply sailing ships in the region with potable water, he added.
Aliabadi underlined that some €70 million has been invested so far in the water desalination and the power plant projects.
Edited by C.N.