Two water projects coming to Batroun
$82 million contracts awarded to joint ventures
The Ministry of Energy and Water (MoEW) has awarded two contracts for water treatment projects in the Batroun district. The projects include a new sewage network in Kfarhelda and the construction of a dam in Msaylaha.
The MoEW awarded the sewage network contract in Kfarhelda to Homan-Veolia. The company is a joint venture between OTV International, a subsidiary of France-based Veolia Water, and Homan Engineering Company, a construction subsidiary of Beirut-based Homan Group. Homan-Veolia will be in charge of constructing and organizing the integrated wastewater system linking Tannourin, Douma, Beit Chlala, and Kfarhelda, among other Batroun regions, to wastewater treatment networks. The project costs nearly $27 million and will also reduce environmental damage to the Al-Jawz River.
As for the dam project in Msaylaha, the MoEW awarded the contract to Batco-Maltauro, a partnership between two contracting firms. These partners include Batco Group, a Beirut-based construction and engineering firm, and Italian firm Maltauro Group which has previous experience in wastewater systems in the country. The dam will be 35 meters high, allowing static water storage of around six million cubic meters, and dynamic storage of up to 12 million cubic meters. The project costs $55 million and is expected to end water shortage in the region.
The project is part of the recently-launched National Wastewater Strategy. The Msaylaha Dam is the first of nine other dams planned within this strategy.
Reported by Yassmine Alieh