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Iran-Kuwait water transfer deal to be finalized soon

Tehran, Jan 13, IRNA -- An Iranian company will soon sign the final agreement on behalf of the Islamic Republic to implement a project to transfer Iran's drinking water to Kuwait, the press reported here on Monday.

The Persian-language `Iran' reported that the conclusion of a protocol to the effect between Iran's minister of energy and the visiting Kuwaiti minister of water and electricity on Sunday had set the final stages to start the project.

Iran added that the issue of Iran-Kuwait water transfer had been first raised in the talks between the two countries in 2000, when a British-Iranian-Kuwaiti consortium had offered to handle the project.

It recalled expert comments that the most economical approach for the transfer is to carry water from the Karkheh dam in southwestern Iranian province of Khuzestan, and to transfer it through pipelines to Kuwait.

Under a plan drawn up to the effect, Iran added, 307 kilometers of the pipeline will run across the Iranian territory from Dasht-e Abbas tunnel to the farthest point on the bank of the Arvand river in Abadan, and will continue for about 200 kilometers toward the coast of Kuwait under the sea.

Based on the daily's report, the Islamic Republic in the project will be committed to supply 10 cubic meters per second of Karkheh water to Kuwait for a period of 30 years. The amount, Iran added, could be doubled.

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