Iran launched a major project to transfer desalinated water from the Persian Gulf to three provinces in its arid central regions.
The project was launched on Thursday during a visit by Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi of the province of Yazd, which along with Isfahan and Kerman would be the three provinces to receive the supply of water from desalination plants in Sirik, located on the easternmost mouth of the Persian Gulf, Press TV reported.
Raeisi’s website said in a report that the project would include a 730-kilometer pipeline for transferring up to 200 million cubic meters per year of desalinated water to Yazd, Kerman and Isfahan.
The project will expand a first line that is already supplying some 130mcm per year of water from the Persian Gulf mostly to industries and mines in Kerman and Yazd provinces, said the report, adding that the project will take 48 months to complete.
Iran’s Energy Minister Ali Akbar Mehrabian said the project would help ease water shortage issues in two provinces of Yazd and Kerman which are home to vast deserts.
Mehrabian said the number of desalination plants in the country would also increase by six times in the next four years, adding that one such plant on the Persian Gulf coast is expected to come on line next month in a ceremony that will be attended by President Raeisi.
Raeisi paid a two-day visit to Yazd Province on Thursday and Friday, when he inaugurated and visited a number of projects in the province.
During the visit, other projects including housing, industrial, and electricity were inaugurated.
Some ministers and vice presidents, who accompanied Raeisi, also traveled to the different cities and towns in the province on behalf of the president to closely address the problems of the people living there.
Along with the water project, President Raeisi inaugurated eight major industrial projects as well as 11 electricity supply projects during his visit to Yazd Province.
The industrial projects include the development plan of a yarn company with 24 trillion rials (about $11 million) of investment, an iron and steel complex with 385.7 trillion rials (about $101.2 million) of investment, a tile and ceramic manufacturing company with four trillion rials (about $10.5 million) of investment.
Also, the 11 electricity transmission projects went operational in the cities of Meybod, Ashkdez, Mehriz, Ardakan, Bahabad, Saghand, Sadouq, and Khezrabad.
Raeisi also ordered the start of a project for the construction of 23,600 housing units in Yazd.