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The Moroccan government are discussing plans to construct four large dams by 2027, as part of the new national water plan to provide clean and affordable water for the people and ease shortages in the North African country.

During a meeting on King Mohammed VI’s 2020-2027 National Drinking Water Supply and Irrigation Program. Samira El Haouat, Director of the Sebou Water Basin Agency announced the project.

The current storage capacity of the Sebou Hydraulic basin is around 5.549 billion cubic meters. The addition of four new dams will bring the total to 8 billion cubic meters, El Haouat stated.  

The four dams will cost a total of MAD 6.7 billion (around $694 million). A total of 28 small dams have been confirmed for construction in the region, concerning the province of Ifrane (1 dam), the prefecture of Meknes (1 dam), the provinces of Sefrou and Taza (2 dams each), El Hajeb (1 dam), the province of Taounate (2 dams) and the province of Boulemane (19 dams).

The new dams fall under the framework of Morocco’s new water plan, which came into effect on January 14 and has a budget of MAD 115.4 billion (around $11.96 billion). 

Just two days after the official launch of the plan, King Mohammed VI inaugurated several hydraulic, hydro-agricultural, and drinking water projects in the province of Essaouira, about 190 kilometres west of Marrakech.

The newly opened projects include the Moulay Abderrahmane dam on Oued (river) Ksoub, a hydro-agricultural development project on the downstream of the new dam, and other projects relating to the construction of a water treatment plant and strengthening access to drinking water in the region.

The Moulay Abderrahmane dam cost MAD 920 million (around $94.6 million). The hydro-agricultural development project, meanwhile, had a budget of MAD 238 million (around $24.2 million), while the other projects aiming to strengthen access to drinking water had a total budget of MAD 227 million (around $23 million).

The Minister of Energy, Cheick Taliby Sylla announced that the electricity supply of the locality of Kankan, in Guinea, will soon be improved with the addition of 20 MW of additional capacity.  

Additional contribution is said to come from a gas turbine of equivalent capacity sent to the country by Morocco. The shipment is part of the strengthening of the bilateral relationship between the two States.

A Moroccan team is already on the ground to speed up the transfer of power generation groups, their installation and their operation. It is also expected that local managers will be trained to take over the operation of the infrastructure.

The  Minister of Energy stated that “We will strengthen this cooperation in technical assistance and in other areas in order to benefit from the Moroccan experience in the area of ​​electrification,” 

The  city of Kankan currently has an electrical production capacity of 16 MW.

The statement issued by the Nigerian envoy to Morocco on sunday. Mohammed decorated Garba with the honour of “ Wissam Al Alaoui of the order of commander.

Garba was decorated at the Royal Palace in Rabat, the Moroccan capital, in recognition of his efforts towards strengthening bilateral relations between Nigeria and Morocco.

It highlighted Garba’s tenure as head of the Nigerian mission in that country to have played an active role in increasing the cooperation between Nigeria and the Kingdom of Morocco.

According to the statement, “The highest points of such increased cooperation were the remarkable state visit of King Mohammed VI to Nigeria in 2016 and President Muhammadu Buhari’s reciprocal trip to the Kingdom in 2018.”

During Buhari’s visit to Morocco in 2018, the two countries signed three agreements to facilitate economic cooperation between the two countries. The agreements include deals on regional gas pipeline, chemical plant and agricultural training.

The agreement explained that the Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline (NMGP) project, designed to be 5,660 kms, would reduce gas flaring in Nigeria and encourage diversification of energy resources in the country.

It added that the agreement would also create more job opportunities and eradicate poverty.