ADB signs Loan agreement with SAMIR to Reduce Air Pollution in Morocco

03/12/2005
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Paris, 3 December 2005 – Mr. Roger Gaillard, Manager for the Infrastructure and Private-Public Partenrships Division of the Private Sector Department of the African Development Bank (ADB) and Moroccan officials signed today a loan agreement of US $ 85 million relating to the environmental upgrading of "Société Anonyme Marocaine de l’Industrie du Raffinage – SAMIR". SAMIR is the main supplier of refined petroleum products on the Moroccan market covering more than 90 % of market needs. The project entails a substantial technological modernization of the refinery including inter-alia a new hydro cracking unit and updated environmental facilities. The goal is to enable SAMIR to address growing domestic demand for semi-distilled products and manufacture products that comply with international environmental standards.

The project aims at (i) enabling SAMIR to comply with international environmental standards governing pollutants from its production facilities as well as drastically reducing air pollutants generated in the combustion of SAMIR refined products. Such improvement would particularly result in a considerable reduction of SO2 emissions in motor exhaust fumes. This project is expected to have a positive impact on populations’ health, notably by reducing the incidence of respiratory diseases. (ii) enhancing the commercial competitiveness of SAMIR by reducing production costs, to prepare the corporation for competition in a market that will be liberalized from 2012; and (iii) raising supply to meet domestic demand for refined products.

Economic benefits likely to accrue from this project include a significant contribution to the economy of the region of Mohammedia in which the project is located. The project will promote transfer of technology and enhance the skills of the local workforce.

This is the first project of the ADB Private Sector Window directly supporting environmental efforts to reduce air pollution.

Contact:

Technique: A. Ba

a.ba@afdb.org

Tel: +216 7110 2662

Media: O. Nicol

o.nicol@afdb.org

Tel: +216 7110 3227