Engineers on the site of the King Talal Dam in the Jordan Valley now admit work on the site is at least six months behind schedule.
TGV PAN valley and dam site.
TGV ZOOM IN inlet of diversion tunnel of Zerka River.
TV and SV earth-moving machines at work (2 shots)
SV and CU construction workers (4 shots)
LV and CU inlets into hillside (2 shots)
Silhouette shot; man in tunnel entrance.
CU INT. drill working in tunnel with engineer maintaining it (2 shots)
CU man working with shovel
SV workmen pushing load of earth through tunnel
CU another tunnel entrance
SV earth moving machinery
TGV Pan work on dam site
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Background: Engineers on the site of the King Talal Dam in the Jordan Valley now admit work on the site is at least six months behind schedule. The construction of Jordan's first high dam is aimed at bringing some 12,000 acres (5,000 hectares) under irrigation. The Jordan Valley, with sufficient water supply, is a natural green-house capable of ripening off-season fruit and vegetables at least two months earlier than any other Middle Eastern region in winter.
More than 100 Yugoslav and Jordanian technicians are aided at the site by about 400 local labourers. The dam site is 20 miles (30 km) west of Amman in an area where the River Zerka, a tributary of the Jordan, flows between two mountains.
A substantial portion of the finance has come from Kuwait, the design was drafted by a Yugoslav firm and construction is being carried out by another Yugoslav firm at a cost of GPB 11,650,000 Sterling (28 million U.S. dollars), about half supplied by Kuwait.
More than 25 per cent of the work has been done. The river was diverted in February this year, a coffer dam is complete and three tunnels have been carved through the mountains.
When complete, a lake 4 miles (6.5 km) is expected to form behind the dam. The feasibility of constructing power plants is under study. The whole project, however, is dependent on the extension of the East Ghor Canal which runs half the length of the Jordan Valley. The extension is planned as a vital part of the network for distributing water from the dam to agricultural land.
SYNOPSIS: Jordan's first high dam .. the King Talal Dam in the Jordan Valley .. has moved into an important phase of construction. The River Zerka was diverted earlier this year and the project workforce has completed three tunnels through the surrounding mountains. The dam, costing more than eleven and a half million pounds, is aimed at bringing 12 thousand acres of the Jordan Valley under irrigation. The water it will channel to farming areas will allow Jordan to ripen fruit and vegetables months earlier than anywhere else in the Middle East.
Although a quarter of the work has now been completed, engineers on the site admit the project is at least six months behind schedule. The dam is one of the major projects of Jordan's current development plan. More than a hundred Yugoslav and Jordanian technicians assisted by four hundred local labourers are employed on the site about twenty miles from Amman.
The distribution system of the dam relies on a series of tunnels and channels, and ultimately, the East Ghor Canal which runs half the length of the Jordan Valley. The Canal is also to be extended as part of the dam project.
Construction at the site is being carried out by a Yugoslav company, Planum Zenum. Another Yugoslav company responsible for the design and is available for consultation throughout the project.
As well as the primary irrigation purpose, the Jordanian's hope the dam will prompt the growth of secondary industries and tourism. At present, expects are studying the feasibility of including power plants in the project.