Water conveyance project to transfer 650 million cubic meter water to Urmia went on stream.
Announcing the above in an interview with our reporter, Managing Director of Iran Water and Power Resources Development Company Eng.
Seyyed Mohammad-Reza Rezazadeh said: “The first device for digging water conveyance tunnel has been transferred from west part of the country to Lake Urmia and is on the verge of assembling.”
He went on to say that all devices for conveyance of water to Lake Urmia will be installed within next two months and digging tunnel for transfer of 650 million cubic-meter water to this lake will be kicked off.
Two equipped drilling devices have been purchased for implementing this project, he said, adding: “For this purpose, determined water volume will be transferred from Kani Sib Dam in west part of country to Lake Urmia through digging a tunnel as long as over 30 km at large.”
He further noted that transferring water to the Lake Urmia will kick off in 2918 and 2019 and reiterated: “Tunnel of this project has been divided into two parts and each part will be drilled using an equipped drilling device.”
The first drilling device is presently assembling while the second drilling device will be first transferred to Bandar Abbas in Feb. and then it will be forwarded to the workshop, he said, adding: “The second drilling device will start working as of the beginning of the next Iranian calendar year in 1395 (to start March 21, 2016).”
The senior official of the company pointed to the infrastructures of this giant project and said: “Infrastructures for construction of this project have started and since second drilling will start from bottom part of the mountain, an access tunnel has been constructed for transferring the device.”
Presently, local drilling operations are underway, based on which, the device should be placed in it to start working, he maintained.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the managing director of the company pointed to the feasibility studies needed for conveying water from the Caspian Sea to Lake Urmia and reiterated: “Given the environmental sensitivities of this giant project in the Caspian Sea and Lake Urmia, construction operation of this project will be conducted conspiring all aspects.”
Leading and most qualified domestic and foreign engineers have been invited for implementation of this giant project, he noted.
In the end, Managing Director of Iran Water and Power Resources Development Company Eng. Seyyed Mohammad-Reza Rezazadeh said: “Result of feasibility studies will be determined within next year and if approved, subsequent stages of the project will become operational, otherwise, continuation of construction activities is impossible.”