Acciona Agua, the water business unit of Spain-based Acciona Group, has received a contract from Morocco's Office of National Electricity and Eau Potable (ONEE) to construct a drinking water treatment plant (DWTP) in the country.
The new DWTP is to be located in the municipality of Oum Azza, about 30km from the country's capital city of Rabat, and will be built as part of a plan to improve potable water supply along the Rabat-Casablanca coastline.
Under the EUR56m ($72.3m) contract, Acciona will work jointly with Morocco-based construction group EMT to design, build and commission a 5m³ per second treatment plant.
The new plant is expected to provide potable water to about five million inhabitants in the city of Rabat, which is witnessing the highest population growth in the country.
Acciona and EMT are expecting to complete the construction of the new plant in 27 months, to help the region to meet its growing water demand until 2030.
Bouregreg complex, a centre that supplies drinkable water in Morocco's Atlantic seaboard, will utilise water from the new plant to increase its total capacity to 14m³ per second.
The Bouregreg complex project is funded by the African Development Bank at a total cost of EUR250m ($324m).
With the DWTP contract, ACCIONA Agua has registered its first contract in Morocco and second major contract in Africa, the first being the construction of a desalination plant in Fouka, Algeria.
Image: Acciona and EMT will construct a drinking water treatment plant in Morocco. Photo: Olli Niemitalo