Denmark, Iran sign water, wastewater agreements
According to the Energy Ministry's news portal, the signing ceremony was overseen by Danish Ambassador to Iran Danny Annan and Alireza Daemi, deputy for planning and economic affairs, in Tehran.
"The MoUs call for collaboration between three Iranian companies, namely Iran Ensheab, Tamin Energy Development Company and Tara Engineering Company, and their Danish counterparts to manufacture water desalination units, set up wastewater treatment plants and produce smart water meters," Daemi said.
The ministry's report did not identify the Danish firms.
Highlighting the potentially huge role of Danish enterprises in providing financial resources and facilitating banking transactions to undertake water and wastewater ventures, the official hoped that Danish investors will take advantage of local workforce and resources in the Iranian market.
According to Daemi, the two countries have held conducive talks and workshops in the water industry since sanctions were lifted in the beginning of last year.
"Not long ago, the Energy Ministry had technical cooperation with Denmark not only in building wastewater treatment plants but also in conducting scientific surveys," the official added, noting that MoUs can pave the way for expansion of ties between the two sides.
Grappling with increasingly dwindling water resources, persistent drought and high levels of consumption, the Iranian government is stepping up efforts to modernize the country's dilapidated water supply network, build new treatment facilities and employ cutting-edge irrigation systems to curb the excessive use of water.
In an effort to help alleviate the country's water woes, the state-owned National Water and Wastewater Engineering Company also signed a preliminary agreement last month with the German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste, as well as France Water Group, a consortium of French companies operating in the water industry. ■