Japan funds Cape Verde desalination scheme

Japan’s International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is to provide US$ 150 million towards the funding of a US$ 200 million desalination plant for the Cape Verde republic off the coast of West Africa.

The 20,000 m³/d plant will supply drinking water for Santiago Island in the Cape Verdi archipelago. The rest of the funding will be raised by the Cape Verdi government and other partners.

The project will comprise two units, one in the city of Praia and the other in Calheta São Miguel. The drinking water produced will be distributed in Santiago to large water tanks to be built across the island.

This project will be implemented between 2014 and 2020 by a consortium of Japanese and Cape Verdean companies, to be selected through an international tender.