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Emirates-based Metito has secured four new contracts to provide water management projects in Iraq
The company has joined forces with Snafee Group to supply the process design of sewage treatment plants (STP) in South Basra, Um Qasser, Safwan and Shat Al Arab, in a contract worth more than US$10 million.
Metito has also been awarded a deal worth $9 million to upgrade the main Freeha STP in the holy city of Karbala, as part of a joint venture with Balad Al Khebra.
“Water shortages continue to plague Iraq, with droughts and lack of access to clean, safe drinking water affecting an estimated 7.6 million Iraqis, according to a report by UNESCO in 2010,” explained Mustafa Hasan, Metito general manager for Jordan, Iraq and Syria.
All the engineering requirements for the STPs, including selection and supply of the mechanical and electrical equipment, will be provided by the company.
“Tackling the shortages has been a matter of grave importance for the Iraq government and Metito is keen on working on projects such as these to help alleviate this shortage and give access to vital water supplies,” added Hasan.
The company is said to be optimistic about new developments in the Iraqi greenfield wastewater infrastructure in the coming years as the sector has not been not touched by the oil-for-food programme.