Iran to launch Persian Gulf water transfer to inland desert projects
TEHRAN, Iran, Nov. 5
The Iranian president opened a project to desalinate seawater from the Persian Gulf and supply it to arid areas, particularly in central Iran.
The inauguration ceremony of the first phase of water desalination and the first part of the water transmission line from the Persian Gulf to Central Iran (Bandar Abbas to Sirjan) with the credit of $3.8 million is a national project of the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Industry, Mines and Trade in Hormozgan and Kerman provinces, Trend reports citing IRNA.
To inaugurate the project, 305 km of transmission pipeline, 7 water pumping stations, and 150 km of electricity line, as well as 33 balance tanks with a capacity of 187 cubic meters, designed and implemented.
The project has created employment for 1,200 people.
With the opening of the first phase of the water desalination project, 200,000 cubic meters of water per day will be desalinated.
Iranian Minister of Energy Reza Ardakanian announced that 8.2 billion cubic meters of seawater desalination permit have been issued so far, of which 760 million cubic meters have been desalinized.
“Studies have been completed to assess the water needs of 17 provinces in the Central areas of Iran,” he said.
The governor of Kerman Province Mohammad Javad Fadaei said that "the initial studies of the Persian Gulf water transfer project have been done in 2013 and the executive operation has started since 2016"