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Morocco to construct second desalination plant in Laayoune

  • Morocco to construct second desalination plant in Laayoune

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A week after Morocco announced it planned to spend 115 billion dirhams (US$12 billion) on the country’s water supply over the next seven years, it has unveiled plans to construct a second desalination facility at Laayoune, the largest city of Western Sahara.

The Head of Morocco’s state-owned electricity and water facility (ONEEP), Abderrahaim Hafidi, said that the plant will meet the water needs of the local residents over the ten coming years, according to The North African Post.

The 600 l/s plant will become operational before the end of 2021.

This year, ONEEP will also construct a 18,000 m3/day wastewater treatment plant in Laayoune to cater for a growing population.

Meanwhile, in Dakhla, the construction of a wastewater treatment facility will begin in the upcoming months to respond to the needs of the populations of the Dakhla-Oued Eddahab region, said Hafidi.

At the beginning of 2020, the OCP Group, the Autonomous Water and Electricity Distribution Company (Radees), as well as the Oum Er Rbia Hydraulic Basin Agency (Abhoer) signed a partnership agreement for the construction of a wastewater treatment plant in Safi. 

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