TEHRAN, July 27 (Xinhua) -- Iran has developed plans for transferring water from the Gulf to Iran's southwestern Kerman Province, Eghtesad Online news website reported on Monday.
"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, a provincial official, was quoted as saying.
The project will be carried out by the Persian Gulf Water Supply and Transmission Company with the cost of 300 million U.S. dollars.
"A consortium of nine Iranian banks invested 100 million U.S. dollars in the project, the rest, amounting to 200 million U.S. dollars, will be put up by Chadormalu Mining and Industrial Company, Gol-Gohar Mining and Industrial Complex and National Iranian Copper Industries Company," the official said.
The water supply will be used by industrial plants, including the Gol-Gohar Mining and Industrial Complex in Sirjan and Sarcheshmeh Copper Mine in Rafsanjan County, as well as by people for drinking.
It is expected that transferring water from the 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.
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