Morocco - AfDB approves EUR 80 Million loan to finance Water and sanitation

21/07/2006
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Tunis, July 21, 2006 - The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank has approved a loan of 69 million Units of Account, equivalent to 80.29 million Euros to finance the Ninth Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Project in Morocco.

This project is a major contribution by the Bank to the Government’s efforts to provide drinking water and sanitation services to the Moroccan population in a sustainable manner.

It is designed to improve drinking water supply in the rural areas especially in the provinces of Chefchaouen, Azilal, Kénitra and Settat.

Project Brief

1. COUNTRY: Kingdom of Morocco

2. PROJECT NAME: Ninth Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Project

3. BORROWER: Office National de l’Eau Potable (ONEP)

(National Drinking Water Authority) Station de traitement, Avenue Mohammed Belhassan El Ouazzani

B.P. Rabat-Chellah 10002 – MOROCCO

4. EXECUTING AGENCY: Office National de l’Eau Potable, Rabat, Morocco

Tel.: 212 37 65 06 95 – Fax: 212 37 65 06 40

5. TOTAL PROJECT COST: UA 104.2 million

6. SOURCE OF FINANCE: ADB

7. OTHER FINANCING SOURCES: Morocco (ONEP, beneficiary Councils): UA 35.2 million

8. DATE OF APPROVAL: July 2006

9 STARTING DATE AND DURATION: Last quarter of 2006, for 5 years.

The project will also improve waste water management in the Khouribga province (rehabilitation and extension of the waste water collection system, rehabilitation of the existing purification station and building of the transfer system as well as of three new oxidation ponds in the towns of Khouribga, Boujaâd and Oued Zem).

The project will result in the supply of drinking water to a rural population of over 350,000 people and the collection and purification of waste water for an urban population of over 300,000. 

The project’s total cost is estimated at 1.4 billion Moroccan Dirhams (EUR 121 million).

The short-term goal of the Moroccan government is to increase access to drinking water in the rural area from about 60% in 2004, to over 90% by the end 2007.  The Government’s goal for waste water management is to generalize connection to the system in the urban areas and increase the urban waste water purification rate from the current 5% to 30% in 2010 and 60% in 2015.

The Bank started its operations in Morocco in 1970. To date, the total cumulative approvals stand at

UA 3.9 billion in 92 operations.

* 1 UA = USD 1.47937 = EUR 1.16367 at 21/07/2006


Contacts

Magatte Wade Phone: +216 71 10 22 44