Additional Financing for the Greater Beirut Water Supply Project (WB-P165711)

  • Lebanon
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Specific Location
Greater Beirut region
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Financial Institutions
  • World Bank (WB)
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Project Status
Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Jun 15, 2018
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Government of Lebanon
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  • Water and Sanitation
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 90.00 million
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 90.00 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS Jul 10, 2018

Disclosed by Bank Aug 4, 2010

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Project Description

The project objective is to increase the provision of potable water to the residents in the project area within the Greater Beirut region, including those in the low-income neighborhoods of Southern Beirut, and to strengthen the capacity of the Beirut Mount Lebanon Water Establishment (BMLWE) in utility operations.

The project has four components:

  1. Bulk Water Supply Infrastructure: Tunnels, Water Treatment Plant, Transmission & Bulk Storage - will cover the scale-up of three regional reservoirs. The objective of the scaled-up activities is to help BMLWE meet the additional requirements for storage and potable water in Beirut. The increase in volume of reservoirs will help increase the overall resilience and efficiency of the system and allow the water distribution system to meet the needs of the growing population.
  2. Supply Reservoirs, Distribution Network and Metering.
  3. Project Management, Utility Strengthening and National Studies. ). The component includes capacity strengthening of the BMLWE and the Ministry of
    Energy and Water (MoEW). The additional activities will include one performance-based contract to monitor pressure meters, identify leakages
    and repair pipes as needed in Achrafieh, and leakage reduction activities including establishing DMA and installing customer meters in parts of North Beirut and South West Beirut.
  4. Expropriation Support - support expropriation of two regional reservoirs to be built under Component 1. Under the Project, Government of Lebanon was expected to cover all expropriation costs. However, due to the current financial constraints, the cost of expropriation for two regional reservoirs would be covered under the proposed additional financing. The expropriation decree for these reservoirs has already been issued, and no further land acquisition is required


Investment Description
  • World Bank (WB)
Contact Information

Ministry of Finance
Alain Bifani
Ministry of Finance Director General

Implementing Agency:
Council for Development & Reconstruction
Wafa Charafeddine
Head of Funding


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