by Hana Namrouqa | Jan 31,2012 | 22:53

AMMAN — Pumping stations across the country will be revamped starting this year under a Jordanian-German project designed to reduce energy consumption by 25 per cent, officials said on Monday.

The project seeks to improve energy efficiency at the Ministry of Water and Irrigation’s stations and wells, the officials announced yesterday

Minister of Water and Irrigation Mousa Jamani said a pilot project that was implemented under the Jordanian-German Water Programme in Bqouriyeh in Salt last year, will be duplicated across the governorates.

“The project is a success story. More than JD100,000 was saved after revamping the Bqouriyeh Pumping Station. In addition, 100,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions were cut down after shifting from diesel to biogas,” he added.

Jamani made the remarks during a meeting with a German delegation headed by Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Dirk Niebel.

“Once it is implemented, the project will help reduce the ministry’s power consumption at pumping stations and wells by 25 per cent and consequently save JD15 million annually,” the minister underscored.

The project will cost 32.5 million euros, of which six million will be paid by the Water Authority of Jordan and the rest by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The country’s water sector is responsible for 25 per cent of the country’s energy bill, according to government officials, who underscored the importance of reducing consumption, particularly since Jordan imports more than 98 per cent of its energy needs.

Niebel and the accompanying delegation are scheduled to visit the Bqouriyeh Pumping Station in Salt and the Madaba Waste Water Treatment Plant today.