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2. RSDS- Phase I    (Red Sea Desalination Project at Aqaba)

1. Introduction
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed on Dec 9, 2013 between Jor-dan, the Palestinian Authority, and Israel at the World Bank in Washington DC, in which all parties agreed to start the implementation of the first phase of the RSDS project.
Following up on this MoU, bi-lateral agreements will be signed between Jordan and Israel and Palestinian Authority and Israel soon; these agreements will include all the details of the agreements between the parties.
  This project RSDS-Phase I  (Red Sea Desalination Project at Aqaba) is a result of a joint initiative to promote regional cooperation among Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority (the Beneficiary Parties).  It is undertaken in the context of the urgent need for potable water in the Region.
2. Project Objectives
The main objectives of the Project is to start with an initial phase of the RSDS project to desalinate (85-100) MCM/yr which will be partly swapped with Israel at Aqaba (about 50mcm/yr), and to supply Aqaba with the remaining quantities in order to receive water from Israel for the swapped quantities in the Northern Jordan Valley to alleviate the wa-ter shortages in the Northern and other Governorates in Jordan. Also this initial phase will be the base of the overall project which aims at increasing the desalinated water quantities to meet the water deficit all over Jordan. The brine water in this initial phase will be discharged to the Dead Sea, the coming phases will be implemented in stages according to MWI plans for supply vs. demand time targets. It is anticipated for future expansion of the proposed initial phase, that the brine will also be discharged to the Dead Sea to save it from further decrease in its water level and area.
3. Assessment of the Project Components
The followings are an initial assessment of the project components; however, it is the BOT contractor responsibility to identify in details the project components, and it will be further detailed by the selected consulting firm(s) to provide the necessary technical, le-gal, and financial assessment for the proposed initial phase.

Proposed Components

1. Construction of the intake facility with a capacity to abstract obout (700) mcm/year of the Red Sea water at the Northern site of Aqaba Gulf.
2. Construction of an intake pumping station, one 3.7 meter diameter 2 km in length through Ayla, and two (1400) mm or one (2.2) mm, (15-20) km’s in length pipelines to transfer the Red Sea water to the desalination plant.                                                                                                                       3. Construction of a treatment and a desalination plant with a capacity of (80-100) mcm/year north of Aqaba airport.
4. Construction of about 17 km’s of 900mm freshwater pipeline from desalination plant to Aqaba terminal reservoir, and 4 km of 1000mm pipeline to deliver the freshwater to Isreal.
5. Construction of two pumping stations to pump the resulting brine to a reservoir at the highest point in Wadi Araba near Risheh area.
6. Construction of a (1.4 -1.8) mm diameter, (65) km length pipe line to convey the brine from the desalination plant to the storage reservoir in Risheh, and a (1400) mm diameter, (140) km length pipe line to convey the brine from the reservoir to the Dead Sea, and the construction of the facility to discharge the brine in the Dead Sea.
7. Electrical Instruments, Chlorination, Connection from the National Electrical Grid to the project facilities, and a SCADA System
The proposed Project is to be implemented on a Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis.  Israel and Jordan will both have to conclude bi-lateral agreement, so that Israel will buy the allocated share of the potable water on” a take or pay basis” from the desal-inated plant in Aqaba at the BOT contractor’s cost, and Jordan will buy the same amount from Lake Tiberius water at the previously agreed price.



Announce expression of interest

August 2014

Select prequalified bidders

Feb 2015

Distribute RfP

March 2015

Collect technical and financial offers

August 2015

Evaluate Proposal and announce preferred bidder

Oct 2015

Negotiation and financial close

May 2016

Commencing Implementation

May 2016

Commercial operation


4. Implementation Procedure
As a follow up on the MoU and the Bi-lateral agreement with Israel, the MWI/JVA will assign a Consulting firm(s) in order to prepare the required technical engineering documents, legal and financial terms, Contract Conditions, tender documents, and proposals for contract agreement with the preferred bidder.                                   

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