Iran forced to desalinate, transfer water - economist
Tehran, Iran, Oct.24
Iran could use the desalinization plant in the south of the country, and transfer water to the east and center of the country, to cover the domestic, agriculture and industrial needs, an economics professor at University of Tehran, Abdul Majid Sheikhi told Trend.
“Water transfer is the best way to cope with drought,” he said. "We must use the country's ability to transfer water to dry areas to solve the drought. This can be done at the lowest cost by installing a new generation of desalinization plant on the outskirts of the Oman Sea and the Persian Gulf using to use the solar energy.”
"It is also possible to provide the energy sources necessary for desalinate water by controlling and burning the associated gases, flare,” said Sheikhi.
Pointing out the other benefits of using desalinate and water transmissions, he says that these operations have created a huge employment platform on the southern shores of the country, and, on the other hand, it is used to supply the drinking water, industrial and some of the agricultural water.
"By use of new irrigation methods, thousands of hectares can be cultivated without any increase in costs," said Sheikhi.
"This way we can eliminate the country's water shortage through the resources of the south. Of course, North Sea waters can also be used in the northern regions," he said. “This depends on the use of solar energy, wind and gas.”
Sheikhi went on to say that the Ministry of Oil did not take the necessary measures to tackle drought issues in the country.