Environmental Global Market
Insights and Opportunities
Overview: Wastewater Treatment: Morocco is a semi-arid country with limited water resources. As a developing country with a high birth rate, Morocco faces the issue of increased water residue and the difficulty in finding alternative solutions to protect the environment and to improve quality of life. Since Morocco is losing about 10% of its water table each decade, it is imperative to find alternative methods to purify water and treat wastewater associated with urban and industrial pollution.
Plans for increasing water supply capacity in Morocco to meet higher rural population demand and the dominant agricultural sector offer a growing market to U.S. suppliers of water and wastewater equipment. For the upcoming five-year period, total imports are expected to increase at an average annual rate of 20%. Morocco already imports 90% of its water and wastewater treatment equipment. The remaining 10% consists of pipes and conduits produced locally. Today, Morocco needs state-of-the-art technology adapted to new water purification and wastewater treatment equipment for the current needs of the country.
Best Products/Services: Seawater Desalination; Water and wastewater treatment projects; Rural Water Distribution Technology and Desalination Projects; High-pressure Water pumps; Monitoring Equipment; Demineralization Systems; Water Treatment and distribution equipment; Chemicals for Water Treatment; and Remote Control Equipment.
Opportunities: The National Office of Potable Water (ONEP), which produces about 80% of the potable water for the entire country, has identified several aquifers used for drinking water in many regions of Morocco that have been contaminated with high levels of nitrates. ONEP plans to conduct several feasibility studies to identify the extent of the contamination and select appropriate technologies to treat the groundwater, and also to define the best way to re-use water and to build plants for potable water discharge treatment. In 2007, USTDA approved a $378,000 grant to ONEP to fund the cost of goods and services required for technical assistance on a proposed Meat Processing Facility Wastewater Treatment System. In 2008, the African Development Bank also granted $102 million to ONEP to finance more efficient and energy saving potable water distribution, and to increase quality potable water distribution frm 1.6 million by 2008 to 2.4 million in 2020, in five cities and more about 300 small towns, and in new three new tourist areas.
Faced with 32% of the rural population underserved, providing safe drinking water to the countryside is a priority for Morocco. As the main supplier of potable water, ONEP plans to spend $800 million in water distribution improvement. In addition, the Government of Morocco plans to invest $1.5 billion in water projects to satisfy at least 80% of water needs to the rural population by 2010. The Government is planning to invest $6.5 billion by 2015 for sewage systems upgrading. Plans are to create autonomous sewage systems in both large and small cities for wastewater treatment and water purification systems.
Solid Waste Management: Demographic growths, rapid urbanization, and neglect have increased the problems of waste disposal. Management of solid waste presently represents a major environmental issue. In December 2006, the Moroccan Government published the Law 28-00 to address solid waste issues and plans to invest $4.4 billion (MAD 37 billion) over the next 15 years starting frm 2008. The purpose of this law is to ensure that household waste is properly collected using the most appropriate techniques in controlled landfill.
Large Moroccan cities are moving towards delegating the management of solid waste to private firms through international tenders. Cities such as Casablanca, which produces 3,000 tons of solid waste per day, launched international tenders to grant ten- to twenty-five year concessions. The company Ecomed which is the local representation office of the U.S. company Edgeboro-GESI won this tender. The consortium Edgeboro-GESI-Ecomed is also managing the landfill in the city of Fes while the one located in the city of Marrakech has been forwarded to the French company Segedema.
Best Products/Services: Solid Waste Management Engineering services; Solid Waste Disposal Power Plants to produce energy frm waste materials; and Bio-mass technology recycling.
Opportunities: Many other tenders are expected for the years 2009-2010. The largest two projects in the year 2009 are for the city of Safi with of a volume of 109, 719 tons of solid waste and in the city of Nador with its neighboring communes with a volume of 100,000 tons of solid waste. In the year 2010, the two main projects are located in the north of the country in the cities of Tangier (248,446 tons) and Tetouan (133,169 tons). Privatization and concessions of landfills are expected to generate a number of opportunities for U.S. firms supplying equipment for waste processing and biogas plants, as well as equipment for disposal and recycling. U.S. equipment and know-how enjoy an excellent reputation in Morocco. U.S. firms are already present in the market for solid waste management.