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Iran opens first phase of water transfer from Persian Gulf

In a ceremony on Thursday, President Hassan Rouhani inaugurated the first phase of a project to desalinate and transfer water from the Persian Gulf to the central areas of the country.

The first phase of the project is capable of desalinating and transferring around 200,000 cubic meters of water in 24 hours. The water will fulfill part of the needs of industries and residential areas in central and southeastern provinces.

According to Mohammad Javad Fadaei, governor of Kerman province, studies on the project started in 2013 and the physical project kicked off two years later. There are three main lines in this project that will eventually transfer some 600 million cubic meters of water from the Persian Gulf to Kerman, Yazd, and Hormozgan provinces every year. 

President Hassan Rouhani delivered a speech in the ceremony, describing the water pipeline as the ‘line of hope’, noting that the project will boost industries and agriculture in arid central provinces. 

He said the overall length of this giant water transfer line is about 800 kilometers, 305 kilometers of which is being inaugurated today.    

According to Iranian Presidency’s press service, power and energy supply and pumping and balance tanks and shock absorbers and the 45,000 cubic meter reservoir and water exploitation system of Sirjan Golgohar Industries were also inaugurated the first phase of the project

16.3 trillion tomans of credit have been spent on these projects and their employment capacity is 16,000 people for the construction period and 1,200 people for the operation period.

The large desalination project and water transmission line has been designed and implemented by the country’s distinguished engineers, using the experiences of companies in the Persian Gulf, as well as the use of the best technical and technological options in the world.

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