MOROCCO: Russia’s Rosatom signs for new water purification solutions

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In Morocco, Water And Energy Solutions has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the Russian energy company Rosatom. The group, which also invests in water desalination and potabilisation solutions, will support the implementation of several water projects in the Kingdom of Morocco.

The second Russia-Africa Summit, which ended on 28 July 2023 in St Petersburg, will have enabled Moroccan companies to forge new partnerships, particularly in the water sector. This is the case for the Moroccan company Water And Energy Solutions, which will be working with the Russian energy company Rosatom to implement new desalination and water purification projects in the Cherifian Kingdom.

The memorandum of understanding was signed on 27 July by Mohammed Amine Cherkaoui, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Water And Energy Solutions, and Kseniya Sukhotina, Managing Director of Rusatom Smart Utilities, which manages the Russian group’s non-nuclear production.

Tailor-made solutions to meet the challenge of drought

For Water And Energy Solutions, which is banking on advanced technologies to improve water supplies in Morocco, Rosatom is the ideal partner. Over the years, the group has built up considerable experience in the construction of desalination and water conditioning units for the industrial and domestic sectors.

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Through its JSC Science and Innovations, Rosatom has developed the Umkwa mobile water treatment units. These use state-of-the-art ultraviolet (UV) disinfection and low-pressure reverse osmosis to treat 1,000 litres of water a day, in compliance with World Health Organisation (WHO) standards. Umkwa’s mobile water treatment units are powered by both petrol and solar energy.

The deployment of such technologies in Morocco will help to alleviate the water stress caused by drought. The Moroccan government’s ambition is to increase the kingdom’s water production from desalination to at least 1 billion m3 by 2030, for consumption, irrigation and other purposes. At present, the annual volume of fresh water per Moroccan is barely 500 m3, compared with 2,500 m3 in 1960.

Inès Magoum

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