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Liquid assets

A scheme that would involve the construction of the first cross-border water pipeline in the Gulf area has received formal approval from the Government of Kuwait. The $2.4bn scheme would transfer up to 50M litres a day of water from the Karkheh dam in Iran to Kuwait.

The feasibility study was carried out by Binnie & Partners (Overseas) for the UK-registered Gulf Utilities Company.

The project will be carried out on a build, operate, transfer basis and the concession will last 30 years.

Water will be transported at a rate of 10m 3/sec via a series of pipelines.

The largest, at 2.7m diameter, will run 330km from the Karkheh reservoir via a pumping station north of Ahwaz, to a central pumping station on the coast of Iran, south east of Bandar Khomeini.

From there three parallel pipelines each 1.4m diameter, will run 210km under the Gulf to Kuwait.

The first water is scheduled to flow in 2005.

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