Cape Verdean government negotiates funding from Japan for two desalination plants

8 March 2013

The Cape Verdean government is negotiating funding from Japan to finance a project that will increase drinking water production on Santiago island by desalinating sea water, the project’s director, Pedro Alcântara said Thursday.

The director of the Project for Development of the Desalinated Water Supply System of Santiago said that the project was estimated to cost 130 to 140 million euros and a decision on funding will be made in June, at the 5th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD-V).

Alcântara also told Portuguese news agency Lusa that the matter was being analysed by the assistant director of the Africa Department of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), who is in Cape Verde for working meetings also to prepare the archipelago to attend TICAD-V.

At the Tokyo meeting, from 1 to 3 June, Cape Verde will attend with a political, economic and business delegation headed up by Prime Minister José Maria Neves.

Alcântara said that the idea was to boost capacity to produce desalinated water by building two plants each with a production capacity of 20,000 cubic metres, and that the project’s viability study has been handed over to JICA.

At the moment, Alcântara, the desalination plants in the city of Praia, the archipelago’s capital, produce 5,000 cubic metres of water, which is in addition to 10,000 cubic metres from boreholes. (macauhub)