Iran Starts Water Transfer Project to Bring Water to Desert

Iran officially started the first phase of the project to transfer water from the Caspian Sea to the central region of Iran on Monday in the presence of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The main goal of this project is to prevent desert growing in central region of Iran, according to Ahmadinejad. “The desert is growing and we need to control its growth”. He said in a speech in the northern city of Sari, near the Caspian shore.

The initial checks of the project consist of determining the optimum route to transfer water through pipe lines from the south coast of the Caspian Sea to the central region of the country. Based on the initial plans of the project, the construction of a factory to distill the sea water to fresh water with annual capacity of 200 million cubic meters is on the agenda.

Ahmadinejad also informed a similar plan is under study to transfer water from the Persian Gulf to the south region of Iran.

Base on estimations this project will cost around $1.5 billion.

Azerbaijan doesn’t have good standing on this project which threatens its advantages in Caspian Sea.


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