Spanish firm, Cadagua, has been selected to build a desalination plant in Jorf Lasfar, 100 kilometers from Casablanca. This is Cadagua's first contract in Morocco and its third in North Africa, following the construction of two desalination plants in Tunisia.
Cadagua, which specializes in the design, construction and operation of water treatment plants, has been chosen by the Moroccan company OCP (Office Cherifien des Phosphates) to design and build a seawater desalination plant based on reverse osmosis in the Jorf Lasfar industrial complex, 100 kilometers south of Casablanca. The project will cost 60 million euro.
OCP is the world's largest exporter of phosphate and derivatives; it has 18,000 employees and reported 4.5 billion dollars in sales in 2010, i.e. 3.5% of Morocco's GDP and just over 25% of its total exports.
Antonio Casado, General Manager of Cadagua said, 'This new contract in Morocco is strategic since it is our first reference in that country and our third in North Africa. After building desalination plants in Jerba and Zarzis in Tunisia, the company has strengthened its commitment to international markets.'
It is also to commence work on a contract estimated at US$55 million to construct a seawater desalination plant in Ajman by the Federal Electricty and Water Authority (FEWA) of the United Arab Emirates.
The Jorf Lasfar project
The plant will have a capacity of 75,800 cubic meters. OCP has also envisaged two future expansions in order to attain a final output of 222,200 cubic meters per day in the medium term. The contract includes the design, manufacture, supply, construction, assembly, testing and commissioning of the desalination plant.
The facility will incorporate energy recovery devices and will feature the latest technology in pre-treatments— dissolved air flotation (DAF) and ultra-filtration—to improve water quality.