Jordan will sell water from a planned Red Sea desalination project to Israel in return for about 50 million cubic meters of drinking water a year from the Tiberias reservoir, the Jordan Times reported. The kingdom will sell Israel water at a rate of 1 dinar ($1.41) a cubic meter and buy at a rate of 0.3 dinar a cubic meter, the newspaper said, citing Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour. The arrangement will help save Jordan the cost of conveying water from the south to the northern governorates of Irbid, Jerash, Ajloun and Mafraq, he said.
Jordan will seek bids this year for a $980 million project to transfer water from the Red Sea to a desalination plant with capacity of 200 million cubic meters a year, the newspaper reported, citing Water and Irrigation Minister Hazem al-Nasser.
A pipeline will be built from the plant in Wadi Araba to the Dead Sea to discharge the brine.