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Casablanca-Settat desalination station: prequalification obtained

The production system of the future Casablanca-Settat desalination station will be fully automated and remotely managed.

The National Office for Water and Electricity has initiated the process of prequalification of companies or groups of companies imagined by the financing, design, construction and operation in public-private partnership of the future station of desalination of sea water in Casablanca-Settat. The platform will be built in 2 phases: the first will have a capacity of 548,000 m³ per day to be commissioned in June 2026; the second, for its part, will have a capacity of 274,000 m³/d to be commissioned from 2030.

Let’s go for the prequalification process which should lead to the selection of a shortlist of candidates (companies or groups of companies) reputed to be technically and financially capable of carrying out the future seawater desalination station of the Casablanca-Settat region. The National Office for Water and Electricity (ONEE) therefore invites companies or qualified groups to submit their application for the financing, design, construction and operation of this desalination plant. The contract, subject of the prequalification, consists in designing, financing, building and operating for a period of 30 years (divided between 3 years for the construction and 27 for the operation), the seawater desalination platform of a capacity of 548,000 m³ per day expandable to 822,000 m³. This market also includes the maritime work of seawater intake and discharge as well as its power supply by renewable energy. “The main objective expected from this public-private partnership is the production and supply, at lower cost, of fixed flow rates of drinking and irrigation water that meet national quality standards,” explains the Office.

The desalination platform will be built in 2 phases: the first will have a capacity of 548,000 m³ per day (200 million m³ per year) to be commissioned in June 2026; the second, for its part, will have a capacity of 274,000 m³/d (100 million m³ per year) to be commissioned from 2030. However, specifies ONEE, the maritime structures for sea water intake and as well as the civil engineering of the raw water pumping station and the desalination station will be sized for the final phase (822,000 m³/day) and carried out in the first phase. The future station will make it possible to strengthen and secure the drinking water supply for part of the Casablanca-Settat region. Part of the production will have to cover the irrigation needs of a perimeter of 5,000 ha in the region. It should be noted that the drinking water supply of Casablanca-Settat is currently ensured from the water resources of the two hydraulic basins of Oum Er Rbia and Bouregreg-Chaouia. The production system of the future station will be completely automated and remotely managed, in order to guarantee proper optimization of operating costs and to monitor quality and performance (energy, yield and quality of service) in real time. Similarly, the platform will be supplied with electricity, mainly from renewable sources, under the self-production regime or under Law 13-09, in particular by concluding one or more supply contracts. purchase of electrical energy from renewable sources produced by private developers based in Morocco.

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