Algeria’s drinking water production capacity is expected to increase thanks to new seawater desalination plants. On April 30, 2022, the Algerian Minister of Water Resources and Water Security, Karim Hasni announced plans to build five stations in several cities across the country.

The Algerian Energy Company (AEC), the subsidiary of the national company for research, production, transport, processing and marketing of hydrocarbons (Sonatrach) will implement the drinking water project. The city of Fouka 2 will host the first desalination plant.

The other four plants will be located in the cities of Oran, Boumerdès, El Tarf and Bejaïa during the second half of 2022. Each facility will have a desalination capacity of 300,000 m3 per day, for a total capacity of 1.5 million m3 for all the stations.