Iraq’s Ministry of Water Resources has granted an irrigation project to the National Engineering Services of Pakistan (NESPAK), The Express Tribune has learnt.
The project called East Gharaf will provide sustainable irrigation and drainage facilities for about 390,000 acres of land in Nassiriya and Kut governorates, the area between Tigris and Euphrates rivers.
NESPAK Water Resources Division Vice President Mansoor Ahmad Hashmi will travel to Iraq towards the end of the month to sign the agreement.
NESPAK will render engineering consultancy services, update the topographic survey and provide a detailed design of irrigation and drainage networks in the area under the project. NESPAK has previously worked on several projects in the Middle East in the early 1980s including the Euphrates East Drains Project, Saddam Dam Project, North Jazira Irrigation and Drainage Project, Rumaitha Irrigation and Drainage Project. Earlier, NESPAK was awarded the Bakhshabad Dam Project worth $500 million in Afghanistan. The organisation has provided services to the Fisheries and Grain Silos Project in Yemen as well.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 21st, 2013.