Morocco is set to commence the construction of the world’s largest sea water desalination plant in 2021, at the Southern Coastal City of Agadir. The US $301m Douira Sea Water Desalination plant is expected to have a treatment capacity of 75 million cubic meters of water per year. Abengoa, a Spanish company has been chosen by the Moroccan National Electricity and Drinking water Office (ONEE) to construct this new desalination plant.
Benefits of the plant
First, it will offer drinking water for the people of Ctouka Ait Baha region. It will also irrigate 15,000 hectares of land since the farmers of this region have also chipped in to finance the construction of the station. It will also promote the desire towards exploring sustainable energy in Africa through operating on wind power.
The plant is expected to produce nearly 275,000 cubic meters of desalinated water daily before reaching its maximum capacity of 450,000 cubic meters per day.
Abengoa is a Spanish company that deals with application of innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the energy and environment sectors. Abengoa has a strategic plan to solve supply projects in parts of the world, mostly those that are affected by water projects. This mostly happens in North Africa. This project is one of Abengoa’s strategic plan.
Since 1977 Abengoa has been present in Morocco, having offices in the cities of Rabat and Casablanca. Abengoa has undertaken very important projects in the region, for example the very first Integrated Solar Combined Cycle plant in the world, which is found in Ain Beni Mathar.