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Morocco to ramp up green hydrogen production – Morocco

Morocco is considered a pioneer in the field of renewable energy both on the African continent and in the Middle East region. Therefore, it comes as no surprise to see the kingdom pursuing its investments in clean solutions such as green hydrogen.

Produced entirely from renewable energy, one of the main advantages of green hydrogen is that it is non-intermittent, providing a constant supply of energy to a variety of industries including transport, power generation and industrial plants, and once processed, it can be stored as hydrocarbons or liquid, which is very convenient, as storage remains a major issue for renewable energies.

According to a report published in January 2022 by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Morocco ranks among the top five countries with the potential to produce competitive green hydrogen alongside the United States, Saudi Arabia, Australia and Chile.

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Water supply fears as Morocco hit by worst drought since 1980s – Morocco

As Morocco withers under its worst drought in 40 years, experts warn that a combination of climate change and bad resource management could trigger severe drinking water shortages.

“The country hasn’t seen a situation like this since the start of the 1980s,” said water policy expert Abderrahim Hendouf.
While it was usually farmers who bore the brunt of repeated droughts in the North African kingdom, today water supplies to cities are under threat, water minister Nizar Baraka told parliament in mid-March.

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Nizar Baraka: Morocco Will Lose 30% of Water Resources by 2050 – Morocco

Rabat – Minister of Equipment and Water, Nizar Baraka called for the urgent prioritization of water efficiency measures, in order to combat the water stress that currently engulfs Morocco.

During a meeting organized by the Press Club Morocco on the topic of “Water as a Moroccan Wager” in partnership with the higher institute of Information and Communication, Baraka highlighted that improving water efficiency in Morocco must be at the center of concerns, in addition to the construction and management sectors.

The minister stressed that Morocco has moved from the stage of water scarcity to a situation of extreme water stress, adding that Morocco will lose 30% of its water resources annually by the year 2050.

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Morocco switches on desalination plant to supply Agadir residents, farmers – Morocco

Morocco has switched on its largest desalination plant in Chtouka Aitbaha, worth $470 million, to serve the water stressed area of Agadir and the farms in its south, the agriculture ministry said.

The plant will have a daily capacity of 400,000 cubic meters of desalinated water and will help save underground water resources.

Nearly 15,000 hectares will now be irrigated by the plant instead of the scarce groundwater resources.

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ONEE launches work on a desalination project in Greater Casablanca – Morocco

The National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEE) has wasted no time after announcing a few weeks ago, an investment of 79.6 million euros dedicated to the construction of water infrastructure in Morocco.

The public company has just started work on a seawater desalination project in the greater Casablanca area.

We know a little more about the seawater desalination project in Greater Casablanca in Morocco.

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Nizar Baraka Highlights Morocco’s Desalination Potential – Morocco

Minister of Equipment and Water Nizar Baraka announced two new Moroccan desalination plants as he expounded on Morocco’s desalination potential.
Morocco is launching new desalination plants in Laayoune and Sidi Ifni to take advantage of the “great assets” the country possesses when it comes to desalination, Baraka told Moroccan state media.

With two long coastlines and a growing arsenal of green energy solutions, Moroccan investment in desalination technology is a no-brainer according to Minister Baraka.

€285 million to finance water supply in response to drought – Morocco

The Moroccan Ministry of Equipment and Water has announced an emergency plan to deal with the drought that is drying up rivers and curbing economic activities in the kingdom.

At least 3 billion Moroccan dirhams (about 285 million euros) have been mobilized for this purpose.

This funding will be used to build new dams and seawater desalination plants.

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OCP launches construction of wastewater treatment plant in Kasbat Tadla – Morocco

The aim of the project, which is part of the general strategy of OCP, is to cope with water stress.

OCP has given itself twelve months to put the Kasbat Talda wastewater treatment plant into operation.

The producer and exporter of phosphate (a mineral used in the manufacture of fertilizers for agriculture, editor’s note) in Morocco will also ensure the operation and maintenance of the future treatment plant.

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Morocco Has 149 Large Dams with Capacity Exceeding 19 Bln m3 – Morocco

These facilities also include nine desalination plants producing 147 million m3 annually, as well as thousands of wells to extract groundwater.

Allowing citizens to enjoy continuity of drinking water and meet the water needs related to agriculture, irrigation, industry and renewable energy, he explained in response to a question in the House of Representatives.

The Minister also reviewed the various programs in which Morocco is engaged in water management, including the irrigation of one million hectares, the construction of dams, the supply of drinking water in rural areas, the national program of liquid sanitation and the national water strategy (NWS).

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Morocco to Build Large Desalination Plant in Dakhla – Morocco

Rabat-  A group of French businessmen visited Dakhla on Tuesday and held a meeting with local officials to discuss investment opportunities in the southern Moroccan city. 

The director of the Regional Investment Center (CRI) of Dakhla, Mounir Houari, told the group of French businessmen of the Moroccan government’s plans to construct a large desalination plant to supply irrigation water to 5,000 hectares of crops.

According to local sources quoted in converging reports, the new desalination plant will be built in Dajla, an area that will also “have two logistics platforms -the Bir Ganduz and El Guerguarat (of 35 hectares each), a 900-megawatt wind farm, the Dakhla Atlantic port, and a West Africa Free Zone attached to the port.”

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