EU Breathes New Life Into Red-Dead Project

The EU’s European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) are to give Jordan technical assistance in studying options for phase one of a project to provide desalinated water to Jordan, Israel and potentially the West Bank, whilst transferring water from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea.

Phase 1 of the ‘Red-Dead’ project will, says EIB, comprise an intake facility and desalination plant near Aqaba on Jordan’s Red Sea coast and a brine pipeline connecting the desalination plant to the Dead Sea (see map).

The bank says the project is expected to produce 65mn m3/year (180,000 m3/d) of desalinated water for Aqaba in Jordan and Eilat in Israel and discharge up to 235mn m3/year (640,000 m3/d) of mixed brine and seawater to help refill the shrinking Dead Sea.


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