MADRID, Spain - One of Europe’s largest desalination plants located in Spain could have its output trebled to help meet municipal and agricultural demand.
The Torrevieja desalination plant currently has an overall capacity of 240,000 m3/day, with current output pegged at 135,000 m3/day.
Following a reported €45 million investment from the government, the site could have its annual production tripled to 360,000 m3/day - about three times the current production capacity.
Expansion is expected in two phases, with an initial doubling of capacity to be completed by the end of the summer this year. No date was slated for the second phase.
Local source The Leader reported that Isabel Garcia Teherina, minister for agriculture and environment made the announcement during a visit to the facility earlier this week.
The minister reportedly said that Torrevieja is “one of the many [developments] that have been made by the current government to ensure the availability of water throughout the Levante region, where investment has now reached approximately 400 million euros”.
Spanish engineering company Acciona Agua originally delivered the reverse osmosis (RO) project under an engineering, procurement and construction agreement, with an operation & maintenance period of 15 years.
Supplying 1.6 million people with drinking water, the Torrevieja development is the largest desalination plant as part of Spain’s “Plan Agua”.
Acciona said the project has been designed to produce water the complies with stringency levels of 0.5 mg/l boron levels, which allows for its use in “all types of agricultural irrigation”.