Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has ordered the construction of new dams across the country as a matter of urgency, whilst recommending that new desalination plants be considered alongside efforts to improve water efficiency in the agricultural sector.
The news follows a meeting on Tuesday with prime minister Saad Eddine El Othmani and senior officials. Last October, the king tasked El Othmani with resolving the water crisis, after Morocco was plagued by severe water shortages in summer 2017.
Although the Ministry of Water could not immediately provide GWI with details of the potential new desalination projects, RFPs for feasibility studies into two new desalination plants have been issued recently: one for a BOT plant in the Casablanca-Settat area, and another for the port of Tan Tan. Bids are due later this month.
A comprehensive overview of desalination projects can be expected in the updated Plan National de l’Eau, due next year.