“The 300-km pipeline with seven pumping stations will annually transfer 200 million cubic meters of desalinated water from the Bandar Abbas desalination plant in southern Hormozgan Province to Sirjan in southwest Kerman Province,” Mohammad Javad Fadaei was quoted as saying by IRNA.
An undertaking of the Persian Gulf Water Supply and Transmission Company, work on the project started in 2016 and cost $300 million.
Of the total water to be transferred, 150 mcm will be sold to industrial plants namely the Gol-Gohar Mining and Industrial Complex in Sirjan, Sarcheshmeh Copper Mine in Rafsanjan County and the rest for drinking in the parched region.
“A consortium of nine Iranian banks invested $100 million in the project, the rest ($200 million) was put up by Chadormalu Mining and Industrial Company, Gol-Gohar Mining and Industrial Complex and National Iranian Copper Industries Company.”
On the second phase he said it will extend from Gol-Gohar Mining and Industrial Complex , Iran’s largest iron ore concentrate and pellet producer, to Sarcheshmeh Copper Mine and then to Chadormalu Mining and Industrial Company in Yazd Province.
It is expected that transferring water from the Persian Gulf in the south will help alleviate the water crisis in the two industrial regions that have limited access to underground water resources and suffer from low precipitation.