The contract concerning the PEPER project for the production of drinking water using desalination and renewable energies was signed on 24 May 2017.
The plant, financed by the European Union, is to be built at Doraleh. It will play a significant part in the country's water independence by ensuring the production of healthy drinking water at a reasonable price for the Djiboutians.
The project is being carried out in consortium with Spanish water treatment specialist Tedagua and includes a desalination unit with a 22,500 m³ per day capacity and a set of structures guaranteeing total production capacity of 45,000 m³ per day. A 5,000 m³ reservoir and 8.5 km of 700 mm-diameter pipeline complete the operation and connect up the plant to the town's drinking water network.
The works will begin this year and are scheduled over 3 years. After completion, the consortium is to operate the plant for a 5-year period.
The contract was signed in the presence of Economy, Finance and Industry Minister Ilyas Moussa Dawaleh, Agriculture, Water, Fisheries, Fishing Resources and Livestock Minister Mohamed Ahmed Awaleh, the Director-General for International Co-operation and European Union Development Stefano Manservisi and the European Union Ambassador in Djibouti Adam Kulach. Eiffage was represented by Nicolas Sureau, manager of our Integrated and International Projects Department's Grand International Hydro/Environment business line.