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02.03.2006

The Cartagena Desalination Plant reaches full production capacity

On last January 11, on the occasion of the progressive commissioning of the new reverse osmosis frames following the completion of the brine discharge outlet works, the Minister for the Environment, Cristina Narbona, visited the Nuevo Canal de Cartagena Desalination Plant. On the day of the visit, plant production was 43,400 m3/day with six frames in operation. The plant is scheduled to reach its 65,000 m3/day nominal production capacity early in February.

Befesa was represented during the visit by Guillermo Bravo, Managing Director of Environmental Engineering, and by Salvador Soler, Miguel Angel Moñino and Pedro Rodriguez.

This desalination plant was constructed as a consequence of the drought that commenced in the 1999/2000 hydrological year. This period of drought greatly affected the supplies from the river Taibilla and the result was that the hydraulic resources legally assigned to this area were insufficient to meet the demand, and the Ministry of the Environment therefore awarded the concession contracts for the construction and operation of the Agua Marina del Canal de Alicante and the Nuevo Canal de Cartagena Desalination Plants.

At full production capacity the plant will provide 24 cubic hectometers per year, equivalent to the consumption by a population of more than 250,000, for the hydraulic system of the Taibilla Canals User Community, responsible for the primary network drinking water supply for 77 towns and villages of Murcia, Alicante and Albacete, with a overall population of more than 2,100,000 which, during the holiday season, rises to almost 3 million.

With the commissioning of this new desalination plant, Befesa has once again pursued the providing of efficient solutions, while respecting the environment, to provide the water supply for the population of one of the geographical areas of the peninsula that most suffers from the lack of hydric resources.