1039 GMT July 15, 2019
The implementation of the first phase of a megaproject, known locally as 'Nab', in southern Iran with the aim of supplying potable water and electricity to the eastern provinces will begin soon, said the commander of Khatam-al Anbiya Construction Headquarters on Sunday.
Saeed Mohammad made the remarks during a visit to the construction site of the project's power plant and water treatment units and facilities, Mehr News Agency reported.
Aimed at large-scale simultaneous water production and electricity generation, the implementation of the megaproject is about to begin after four years of conducting preliminary engineering work and feasibility studies.
He said the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has stressed the speedy implementation of the project.
Also speaking during the visit, the manager of the project, Asadi, said, "The implementation of the eastern corridor of the project is aimed at producing two million cubic meters of potable water per day in three phases by 2041.
He added that in cooperation with domestic private sector, financial arrangements and planning have been undertaken to implement the first phase of the project with a capacity of producing 800,000 cubic meters of potable water per day.
By 2024, potable water will be supplied to the eastern Iranian city of Mashhad, Asadi said.
He noted that prior to being transferred to Mashhad, potable water will be supplied to Sistan-Baluchestan (southeast Iran) and South Khorasan (east Iran) provinces.