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Abengoa Breaks Ground on West Africa’s First Desalination Plant

Abengoa SA, the Spanish company that’s developed desalination plants from Algeria to India and China, has broken ground on West Africa’s first desalination facility, a venture meant to benefit 500,000 people in Ghana.

The Nungua desalination plant will require a $125 million investment and have the capacity to produce 60,000 cubic meters of drinking water a day using reverse-osmosis technology, said Abengoa, which is responsible for designing and constructing facility in Accra, the country’s capital.

Work on the plant is expected to take 24 months, Abengoa said. The project is receiving $179 million in backing from the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, the political risk insurance arm of the World Bank.

Sojitz Corp. last month said a subsidiary, Daye Water Investment (Ghana) BV of the Netherlands, will take part in the water project with Abengoa, whose shares have dropped 42 percent this year.

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