Cadagua to build desalination plant in Morocco for 60 million euro

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The Ferrovial Agroman subsidiary specialized in building water treatment plants 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, the Ferrovial Agroman subsidiary that is specialized in the design, construction and operation of water treatment plants, has been selected 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.

Antonio Casado, General Manager of Cadagua: “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.”

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. 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.

Cadagua worldwide

Cadagua was recently awarded several contracts in other countries, including the construction of plants in Oman, Poland, UAE, Cyprus and India. Founded in 1971, Cadagua has built over 220 drinking water, desalination and sewage treatment plants, and over 140 industrial water treatment plants. Cadagua currently has references in such countries as China, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Cyprus, Algeria, Tunisia, Chile, Venezuela, Portugal, France, the United Kingdom, Poland and India.


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