TEHRAN – The 25th meeting of the Energy and Environment Committee of Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (TCCIMA) was held on Saturday, during which the issues and challenges of the country’s water desalination industry were discussed.

 

As reported by the TCCIMA portal, the meeting was attended by Head of Private Investors Desalination Association (PIDA) Amir Jafari, and Head of TCCIMA Energy and Environment Committee Reza Padidar along with members of the mentioned committee.

Speaking at the gathering, Jafari referred to some reports on the water crisis in the world and Iran during recent years and put the country’s current desalinated water production capacity at 640,000 cubic meters per day.

According to the official, the figure has reached 14 million cubic meters per day in Saudi Arabia.

He pointed out that the investment needed for the construction of a desalination plant with a capacity of 100,000 cubic meters per day in Iran is estimated at around $100 million, adding that it is practically impossible for investors in this sector to finance the entire project.

“Also, to build a water desalination unit in the country, it is necessary to obtain a significant number of permits from various organizations which makes it even harder for the investors,” he added.

Jafari further noted that according to the country’s development goals, the amount of freshwater production in Iran should reach three million cubic meters per day by 2055.

Elsewhere in the meeting, Padidar mentioned some of the news and developments in the field of energy in Iran and the world.

Iran’s National Water and Wastewater Engineering Company is operating and constructing 95 water desalination plants with a total capacity of 640,000 cubic meters per day across the country, of which 75 plants are currently operational.

According to Fariba Golrizan, the financial director of National Water and Wastewater Engineering Company, about three percent of the country's drinking water is supplied through water desalination plants.

Over 92 percent of the country’s water desalination plants are located in Hormozgan, Bushehr, Sistan-Baluchistan and Khuzestan provinces.