On 10 November, Hyflux Ltd marked the official opening of Magtaa Desalination Plant, the largest seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant in Algeria and on the African continent.
The ceremony was attended by Mr Abdelmalek Sellal, Algeria’s Prime Minister and Mr Hocine Necib, Minister of Water Resources, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Singapore’s Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Mohammad Alami Musa, Singapore’s ambassador to Algeria, Hyflux Executive Chairman and Group CEO, Ms Olivia Lum, Hyflux’s partners Sonatrach, L’Algérienne Des Eaux and Algerian Energy Company, and invited guests.
Magtaa Desalination Plant features the largest ultrafiltration pre-treatment facility in the world. It has the capacity to desalinate 500,000 cubic metres of seawater per day. The plant uses Hyflux’s proprietary ultrafiltration technology for the desalination pre- treatment process and reverse osmosis membrane technology.
Magtaa Desalination Plant will supply water to Oran, Algeria’s second largest city, and the neighbouring provinces under a 25-year water purchase agreement with L’Algérienne Des Eaux and Sonatrach.
“We are pleased to celebrate the opening of Magtaa Desalination Plant. It will be instrumental in meeting Algeria’s water needs. This project strengthens our presence in the region. It also demonstrates our technology as well as engineering and construction capabilities for municipalities in need of sustainable and cost-effective water solutions,” said Ms Olivia Lum.
“I am delighted that Hyflux has continued to distinguish itself in international markets, leveraging its many experiences from similar projects in Singapore and other parts of the world. This development is another laudable milestone for Singapore’s water industry and I look forward to more local water and environmental companies following in Hyflux’s footsteps,” said Dr Vivian Balakrishnan.
Magtaa Desalination Plant is Hyflux’s second project in Algeria. Its first desalination project, the 200,000 cubic metres per day Souk Tleta Desalination Plant, has been in operation since 2011.
About Magtaa Desalination Plant
Magtaa Desalination Plant is a 500,000 cubic metre per day seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant located about 55 km east of Oran, Algeria’s second largest city. The plant is separated from the shoreline by 400 m stretch of challenging terrain. To minimise environmental impact, the pipe jacking technique was used to tunnel some 10 m below sea level in order to lay the intake and outfall pipes. The plant will produce water for the region’s growing population and industries, easing the strain on water supplies and infrastructure. Hyflux will operate and maintain the plant for a period of 25 years.