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Abengoa starts work on Morocco desalination plant

MADRID, March 9, 2015

Abengoa, an international company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the energy and environment sectors, said it has begun construction of a desalination plant in Agadir, Morocco.

The announcement comes after the company closed the financing for the project together with its local partner InfraMaroc (CDG Capital Infrastructures group).

Once commissioned, the Abengoa plant, located 45 km from the city of Agadir, will supply 100,000 cu m per day of drinking water to more than 500,000 people in the region, said a statement from the Spanish group.

It will also ensure the drinking water supply and water security in the zone, further contributing to the development of the tourism and agricultural industries that are the main economic drivers of the region.

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. It is poised to become the largest capacity desalination plant in the region.

The plant will use the most modern ultrafiltration pre-treatment systems and reverse osmosis technology to desalinate sea water. Furthermore, the plant's capacity may be increased in the future by an additional 100,000 cu m per day of drinking water.

The Agadir desalination project is part of Abengoa's strategic plan to solve water supply problems in those parts of the world most affected by water shortages.

A total of  €82 million ($93 million) in financing has been arranged with a consortium of local banks led by Banque Marocaine du Commerce Exterieur, ensuring a high degree of integration and participation with the local business and financial sector.-TradeArabia News Service

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