The desalination facility being built in Laayoune, in Western Sahara, will be operational by the end of 2021, reports Utilities Middle East. The Director General of Morocco’s National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEE), Abderrahaim Hafidi, announced the new commissioning deadline (the previous one was June 2021).
Morocco announced the construction of a second desalination facility in Laayoune in January of 2020, to meet the water supply needs of residents over the next ten years. The plant will also provide drinking water to the population in El Marsa, Foum El Oued and Tarouma, until 2035, according to ONEE.
Coastal wells are being drilled to supply the new seawater desalination plant in Laayoune, which will produce 26,000 cubic metres of drinking water per day, and will have three storage tanks with a total capacity of 5,500 cubic metres. The Moroccan government has invested 370 million dirhams in the plant’s construction (about 35 million euros).