Morocco to deliver boost to desalination sector

Published 22nd October 2009

Morocco’s long-term desalination strategy is taking shape, with a nationwide study on course to be completed by the end of 2009.

The Secrétariat d’Etat chargé de l’Eau et de l’Environnement (SEEE), the ministerial department responsible for water, has already earmarked non-conventional water resources for an important role in Morocco’s future. Although desalination has traditionally been confined to small-scale applications in Morocco, approximately 70,000m3/d of new capacity is under planning and yet to be tendered. The study will also address how to approach the development of a large new desalination plant in the Casablanca region, slated for a capacity of around 685,000m3/d.

Major capital projects are likely to be a theme of the study – plans for a north-south water transfer project with an average conveyance capacity of around 2.74 million m3/d over 500-600 km from the Sebu basin to the water-stressed Tensift basins (near Marrakesh) are also on the table.