Algeria opens Africa's largest desal plant
Singaporean firm Hyflux launches 500,000 cubic metre per day facility near Oran.
Singaporean firm Hyflux has officially opened the Magtaa Desalination Plant in Algeria, the biggest seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant in Africa.
Magtaa features the largest ultrafiltration pre-treatment facility in the world with the capacity to desalinate 500,000 cubic metres of seawater per day.
The plant uses Hyflux’s proprietary ultrafiltration technology for the desalination pretreatment process and reverse osmosis membrane technology.
It will supply water to Algeria’s second largest city, Oran as well as to nearby neighbouring provinces under a 25-year water purchase contract with L'Algerienne Des Eaux and Sonatrach.
Hyflux will operate and maintain the plant.
"(The plant) will be instrumental in meeting Algeria's water needs,” said Hyflux Group CEO Olivia Lum. “This project strengthens our presence in the region. It also demonstrates our technology as well as engineering and construction capabilities for municipalities in need of sustainable and cost-effective water solutions."
Magtaa Desalination Plant is Hyflux’s second project in Algeria. Its first desalination project, the 200,000 cubic metres per day Souk Tleta Desalination Plant, has been in operation since 2011.