SENIOR OFFICIALS from Libyas Great Man-made River Authority were in the UK this week to set the record straight on the purpose of the 12bn, 20 year water supply project.
According to a source close to the scheme, the Libyan client was very irked by stories in the press last year which claimed that the huge water pipes were being built for weapons storage.
The Authority was upset after these reports, which it says were completely wrong and unfounded and was due to take the opportunity of a seminar in London yesterday (Wednesday) to set the story straight.
Although the seminar, on the project management of the scheme was only open to members of the Major Projects Association, the GMRA was expected to talk to the press afterwards in order to refute the allegations.
The scheme includes 3,000km of 4m diameter buried pipeline which will be used to transport 6M.m3 of potable water a day from aquifers in the Sahara Desert to Libyas population, 500km north on the coast.