n the early days, Águas do Algarve talked about the project costing “around €50 million”. That figure is now €90 million – the funding of which is to be covered by recovery and resilience funding (RRP) from Brussels.

The plan envisages an initial capacity for conversion of seawater into drinking/irrigation water of 16 cubic hectometres (meaning 16 million cubic metres).

In a statement, Águas do Algarve said the project – due for completion by the end of 2026 – will be prepared to increase capacity to 24 cubic hectometres per year.