Water desalination system in Cape Verde to have capacity to process 40,000 cubic metres per day

25 November 2010

Praia, Cape Verde, 25 Nov – A future seawater desalination system on Santiago Island in Cape Verde, will have capacity to produce 40,000 cubic metres of drinking water per day, according to consultants from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

According to Cape Verdean online daily newspaper, A Semana, the JICA consultants, who were in the archipelago for 18 months to carry out the project’s feasibility study, have finished it and delivered it to the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Minister José Brito, cited by the paper, said that the government would soon begin talks with its Japanese counterpart in order to secure funding for the project.

“We need US$226 million for the project to be carried out on Santiago Island,” the Foreign Minister said.

Alongside this, Brito added, a technical and economic feasibility study was in its final stages for a project to rebuild and expand the electricity grids of several islands, which will significantly increase water and power distribution and production capacity. (macauhub)