Syria, Jordan Talk ‘Unity’ Dam
The construction of the Wihdeh Dam will be on the top of the agenda during Minister of Water and Irrigation Hatim Halawani's official visit to Damascus, Jordan’s official news agency (Petra) reported.
On his arrival in the Syrian capital on Saturday, Halawani was quoted by the agency as saying “he will discuss with Water Minister Taha Atrash the executive steps necessary to speed up the construction of the Wihdeh ‘Unity’ Dam on the Yarmouk River, which forms the two countries' common border.”
The 100 meter high dam, which is estimated to cost $20 million will hold 225 million cubic meters of water to provide Jordan with water for irrigation in the Jordan Valley and for domestic purposes, and to generate electricity for both Syria and Jordan, said Petra.
According to the agency, Jordan will receive 25 percent of the electricity while Syria will receive the rest from the dam which was approved by both countries in 1987 to construct, but for political reasons, the project was delayed – Albawaba.com
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