The Italy-based firm, CMC Gruppo, has won the tender to construct the first phase of the Beirut water augmentation project.
The four-year contract is valued at $200 million. The result of the tender that was conducted by the Council for Development and Reconstruction (CDR) was announced this week.
The first phase entails the construction of a 24 kilometre-long conveyor tunnel, ten kilometres of pipelines, and three central reservoirs, according to Elie Mousalli, Project Director at the CDR.
The entire project is funded by the World Bank and Islamic Bank for Development (IDB). It consists of the construction of Bisri Dam, 400 kilometres of water networks, and the mentioned conveyor and infrastructure.
Mousalli said that the first phase is expected to double the amount of potable water that Greater Beirut is now provided with.
The Bisri Dam is located between the Chouf and Jezzine areas and will have a storage capacity of 125 million m3 of potable water, the second largest, after Qaraoun’s 210 million m3.