Japan pays for construction of desalination plants in Cabo Verde

12 November 2014

The Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) government will spend US$200 million on building desalination plants for sea water each with a capacity to produce up to 20,000 cubic meters of drinking water per day, the government said in a statement.

The Project for Development of the Water Supply System in Santiago Island will be funded with US$150 million by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and the remaining US$50 million will be provided by the Cabo Verde government and other partners.

According to the statement, the project was designed to improve the production capacity and distribution of water on the island of Santiago, and comprises two units, one in the city of Praia and the other in Calheta São Miguel, and the drinking water produced will be distributed to the remaining municipalities of Santiago through large water tanks to be built across the island.

This project will be implemented between 2014 and 2020 by a consortium of Japanese and Cape Verdean companies, to be selected through an international tender.

Monitoring of the work will be the responsibility of the Ministry of Environment, Housing and Territorial Planning, through the National Water Supply and Sanitation Agency and the Ministry of Tourism, Investment and Business Development, which will be represented by the Management Unit for Special Projects. (macauhub/CV)