Cape Verde: Electra to double production of desalinated water in Praia by the end of the year

23 March 2009

Praia, Cape Verde, 23 March – Cape Verdean water and electricity company, Electra plans to double the production capacity of the Palmarejo desalination plant by the end of the year. The plant supplies the city of Praia and its new capacity will total 12,000 cubic metres of water per day.

Speaking to Cape Verdean news agency Inforpress, the director for Production and Distribution for the Southern Region, António Pina, said that Electra was also seeking funding for other projects to double installed capacity in Praia, including assembling a unit with a 5,000 cubic-metre capacity and boosting the water storage system at Monte Babosa.

According to Pina, the Project also aims to boost the water duct that transfers water to the desalination plant, boosting the pumping system from the plant to Monte Babosa and some work to expand the water distribution networks in Praia.

If Electra reaches production of 12,000 cubic metres per day, each of the capital’s residents will have an average of 82 litres of water at their disposal each day, which is an amount higher than that stipulated by the World Health Organisation (WHO), which recommends a minimum of 80 litres per day in small towns and 1,000 litres per day in significantly industrialised cities.

Meanwhile, Electra is preparing to double its desalinated water production capacity in the Summer from 6,200 to 8,600 cubic metres per day in the city of Praia with the installation of two container units with capacity for 2,400 cubic metres per day.

Electra currently operates with two desalinated water production units located at Palmarejo: One belonging to the company with a 5,000 cubic-metre-per-day capacity and another rented from an independent producer, which provides nominal daily production of around 1,2000 cubic metres per day. (macauhub)