Abengoa breaks ground on Moroccan desal plant
Spanish firm begins construction of 100,000m3/d facility near Agadir.
Abengoa has recently begun construction of Morocco’s largest desalination plant, having closed the financing for the project together with its local partner InfraMaroc (CDG Capital Infrastructures group).
Once commissioned, the plant located 45 km from the city of Agadir will supply 100,000 m3/day of drinking water to more than 500,000 people and contribute to the development of the tourism and agricultural industries that are the main economic drivers of the surrounding region.
The plant will use the most modern ultrafiltration pre-treatment systems and reverse osmosis technology to desalinate sea water. Capacity may be doubled at a later date, Abengoa said in a statement.
A total of EUR 82mn ($87.7mn) in financing has been arranged with a consortium of local banks led by Banque Marocaine du Commerce Exterieur (BMCE), ensuring a high degree of integration and participation with the local business and financial sector.
Furthermore, this is the first project that the National Power and Drinking Water Office (ONEE) has developed under a public-private partnership (PPP) system, putting Abengoa at the forefront of this model in Morocco.
Abengoa has been present in Morocco since 1977 and has offices in the cities of Rabat and Casablanca. It has carried out major large-scale projects in the region, including the world’s first ISCC (Integrated Solar Combined Cycle) plant located in Ain Beni Mathar.