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ACCIONA-led consortium to operate three desalination plants in Ibiza

  • ACCIONA-led consortium to operate three desalination plants in Ibiza
  • The €14.2 million contract includes the operation and maintenance of desalination plants in Ibiza Town, Santa Eulària and San Antonio.

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ACCIONA
The water business of ACCIONA concentrates on water treatment and reverse osmosis desalination, a technology in which it is the world leader.

A consortium formed by ACCIONA and Aqualia has been awarded the contract for the operation, maintenance and conservation of the three desalination plants in Ibiza for the next four years by The Balearic Water and Environmental Quality Agency (Abaqua). The contract can be extended for another year and is worth €14.2 million in total.

The two awarded lots include the management of the Santa Eulària and San Antonio desalination plants, as well as the management of the Ibiza Town desalination plant and the system that connects the three plants, consisting of an island interconnection network with 74 kilometers of pipelines.

These three plants serve the five municipalities of Ibiza island (Sant Josep de sa Talaia, Santa Eulària des Riu, Sant Joan de Labritja, Sant Antoni de Portmany and Eivissa) and have a total production capacity of 44,500m³ per day, equivalent to the water volume of 18 Olympic swimming pools, distributed through 19 supply points.

To date, ACCIONA and Aqualia already manage the joint operation of the desalination plants in Ibiza Town, San Antonio and Santa Eulària, as well as the upstream water supply network.

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ACCIONA is a world leader in reverse osmosis desalination, the most sustainable, advanced and widely used technique in the sector, capable of improving water quality and reducing the impact on the environment. Reverse osmosis produces 6.5 times fewer CO2 emissions than conventional desalination technologies.

ACCIONA has designed, built and operated some of the world's most important desalination plants, such as the Port Stanvac plant in Adelaide (Australia), the Al Khobar 1 and 2 plants in Saudi Arabia, the Tampa plant in Florida (US) and, more recently, it was awarded the contract for the construction of the largest desalination plant in Africa, in Casablanca (Morocco). In Spain, it has designed, built and maintained for 18 years one of the largest desalination plants in Europe, the one in Torrevieja (Alicante), with a capacity of 240,000m³ per day. Recently, it has won major desalination contracts to guarantee water supply for the agricultural sector and for irrigation in areas with high water stress, such as the operation and maintenance of the Campo Dalías desalination plant in Almería, Spain.

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