Water Projects

Despite Jordan being one of the ten most water scarce countries in the world, 97% of Jordanians have access to an improved water source and 93% have access to improved sanitation. We have been heavily involved in Jordan’s two water megaprojects of the past ten years. We advised the sponsors, and later the project company of the $1 billion Disi Water Conveyance Project, which increased available water resources by 12%; and, we advised the lenders in the expansion of the As-Samra wastewater treatment plant, which increased the supply of water of a considerably improved quality for irrigation. Both projects attracted significant private sector financing which was unprecedented for Jordan’s water sector. Our advice to the sponsors of the Disi Project started with the bidding phase and continued on throughout the award phase. We advised them on various aspects of Jordanian law, preliminary meetings with international lenders and in the long-winded negotiations with the Government of Jordan. We subsequently advised the project company, in coordination with its international counsel, on the financing aspects of the project. In the As-Samra Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion, we were the onshore legal advisor to the lenders.