Algerian desalination

Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co. has landed an order to supply, jointly with trading house Itochu Corp., a large power and desalination plant to Algeria’s Kahrama SpA. In a deal valued at 40 billion yen, the two Japanese firms are to build a turnkey plant in the Arzew industrial district, west of Algiers, for completion by the end of June 2005, the companies said. It will be the first-ever large-scale desalination and power generation project in Algeria, they said. The plant will consist of a 320,000-kilowatt natural gas power generation facility and a desalination facility capable of producing 88,000 cubic metres of water daily using excess heat from the power generator.
Kahrama is an independent water and power producer owned by global engineering firm Black & Veatch and Algerian Energy Co., which itself is a joint venture between state-owned energy and power companies Sonatrach and Sonelgaz.
The new plant will increase the power supply in the Arzew district as well as help to solve water shortages in nearby Oran, the Japanese firms said.

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