The project, valued at €309 million, involves the construction of a desalination plant with a 275,000 m3 total production capacity of desalinated water per day for domestic and irrigation use. It also provides for a possible capacity expansion of up to 450,000 m3/day.
This project for the Office National de l’Electricité et de l’Eau Potable (ONEE), the Ministry of Agriculture, Sea Fisheries and Rural Development and the Ministry of Waters and Forests of Morocco, has been created from the combination of two schemes. The first requires a 50% expansion of production capacity under the contract that Abengoa has been developing for ONEE, thereby increasing plant capacity to 150,000 m3/day of drinking water. The second calls for the additional production of 125,000 m3/day of irrigation water as well as the construction of the corresponding irrigation network for a total of 13,600 ha.
As specified in the terms of the original contract, Abengoa, headquartered in Spain, will continue to undertake the engineering, construction and operation and maintenance for a period of 27 years. Abengoa and Moroccan company InfraMaroc will be investment partners and responsible for the project financing.