Laayoune To Get Second Seawater Desalination Station Before End of 2020, Head of ONEEP

Laayoune – The city of Laayoune will get, before the end of 2020, a second seawater desalination station with a capacity of 600 L/s to meet the needs of the population until 2030, announced director general of the National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEEP) Abderrahim Hafidi.

Hafidi, who took part on Friday in Laayoune in the board of directors of the Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra water basin agency, said that this project is an addition to the first sea desalination station inaugurated in 1995, with a capacity of 300 L/s.

In a statement to MAP, he added that a second project will start soon in Laayoune and concerns the construction of a wastewater treatment station with a capacity of 18,000 m3/day, explaining that this project will be completed in 2020 and will give a strong impetus to the development of this city, notably the development of green areas.


Morocco is finalising a feasibility study and financial and institutional structures for a new seawater desalination plant project

According to L’Economiste, the plant will be located in Casablanca-Settat region, and will supply water to Casablanca.

Desalination plant projects are also reportedly in the pipeline for Al Hoceima, Chtouka, El Jadida, Essaouira, Laayoune, Safi, Saidia, and Tiznit-Sidi; as well as Abengoa’s up to 450,000 cu/m per day project in Agadir.

“With increasing demand and insufficient local resources, the only recourse to reduce the deficit in industrial or agriculture drinking water is desalination of seawater,” said Morocco’s secretary of state for water Charafate Afailal.

The North African country is currently implementing its Water Security Law and contractual framework, the water table contract, which sets out the rights, responsibilities and obligations of water users and other stakeholders.

The aim is to avoid overexploitation of water resources. A recent study showed that Morocco will need to desalinate 425mn cu/m of water by 2030 to ensure supply.

In addition to the world’s largest renewable energy-run desalination plant designed for drinking water and irrigation, to be set up in Agadir for a budget of US$280mn, the Casablanca-Settat region will also… (LINK)