Study on the Brine Disposal Pipeline of the Red Sea – Dead Sea Phase I

Country: Jordan

Project period: 02/2017 - 08/2017

Client: European Investment Bank

Investment amount: EUR 273,650 (consulting)


This study is part of the greater Red Sea Dead Sea Project which aims at providing fresh water supply to Jordan, Israel and Palestine and the same time “saving” the dead sea by slowing or even stopping the further water level drop which is currently 40m below the water level in the 1930s. Water shall be extracted from the Red Sea at Aqaba, where part of it is desalinated and used for drinking water. The brine together with additional Red Sea water is pumped over some 225 km to the Dead Sea. Due to the elevation of the Dead Sea a gross head of some 430m can be used for hydropower generation.


This study contributes to the overall project by preparing two pre-feasibility studies, one regarding the possible application of the pressure retarded osmosis (PRO) technology and using beside the hydropower potential also the osmotic gradient between the brine and the Dead Sea and the second for establishing a monitoring research centre on the Dead Sea. It also includes preparing ToR for an aquifer monitoring program with respect to potential leakage from the brine conveyor system and preparing the stakeholder engagement plan.


The first Phase of the Red Sea Dead Sea project is estimated to cost some USD 1.1 billion and shall be implemented by an BOT arrangement. The tendering started in 2016 already.

Services provided:
  • Overall project management and liaison with the numerous stakeholders
  • Preparation of pre-feasibility study of Osmosis Power Generation
  • Preparation of pre-feasibility study for the Development of Research Centre
  • Prepare terms of references for an Aquifer Monitoring Programme
  • Stakeholder Engagement Plan

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