OCP / COALMA webinar: When water is a debate!

Faced with growing water stress and the impacts of climate change, particularly in arid and semi-arid areas, the OCP Group in partnership with the Moroccan Water Coalition – COALMA organized this Thursday a webinar under the theme “The place of unconventional water in OCP’s sustainable development strategy”.

The event is part of the Conferences-Visits cycles co-organized by COALMA and its members since its creation in 2006. It will shed light on the OCP Group’s Water program and review the whole. achievements that this strategy has made it possible to achieve. For the Office Chérifien des Phosphates, it is important and necessary to strengthen and energize the opportunities offered by the use of unconventional water. The OCP Group’s Water Strategy therefore offers an example in this area.

It is Prof. Houria Tazi Sadeq, President of COALMA and Governor of the World Water Council, but also President of the Human Rights Commission of the Rabat-Salé-Kénitra region, who with her little word opened for so to speak the “virtual” ball. She welcomed what OCP brings to the Moroccan economy and said to what extent, this great house has multiplied the actions and the commitments of protection today which we started a long time ago for the efficiency and to have equity in relation to access to water and to recall that Morocco is behind this international work which enshrined the design also in the 2011 constitution.

And to present COALMA as a non-profit association but which wants to unite all the actors of the water that it is the departments of the public sector but also the private one. Its objective 1 is water, but with a view to sustainable development by integrating the climate change paradigm and also by promoting Moroccan expertise and exchanging experience internationally.

Hanane Mourchid, Director of Sustainability & Green Industrial Development at OCP, followed suit with the subject “ OCP’s Sustainable Development strategy »Made a presentation of the OCP group which is the world leader in phosphates and derivatives, it is the leading producer of phosphate in all its forms (phosphoric acid, phosphate fertilizers, etc.) and praised the history of this company centenary extolling the human component and the know-how of the OCP group which defines itself as the guardian of phosphates for the planet with regard to the reserves of Morocco which constitute 75% of the planet.

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It also prioritized the group’s objectives in terms of contributing to the sustainable development agenda, namely the halving of greenhouse gas emissions, clean electricity, zero consumption of conventional water, recycling of waste, implement sustainable agriculture, mine rehabilitation …

For his part, Karim Saoud, Vice-President Water & Energy at OCP spoke about the Water Program. He recalled the geographical situation of the Kingdom located in an area of ​​water stress and what is more, is impacted by periods of drought.

The main phosphate sites of the OCP are in the Oum Rabia basin whose dams are at -25% filling rate. As OCP’s water needs are expected to triple by 2030, the Group has placed the preservation of natural resources at the center of its concerns through various strategies.

To date, he said, the Office Chérifien, covers 31% of its water needs thanks to the commissioning by the OCP group, of wastewater treatment and purification stations (STEP) of Khouribga, Youssoufia and Benguerir which operate according to a biological purification process which consists in the elimination of carbon pollution via several treatment lines and desalination plants or stations of Jorf Lasfar and Laayoune. The challenge for the Office by 2030 is to reach 100% while optimizing its consumption.

The water expert also praised the passage of the Slurry Pipeline with a transport capacity of 1.3 Mm3 / year (3Mm3 eventually) which replaced the train. A feat for this cador of the OCP who has experienced the change as closely as possible.

The Jorf Lasfar seawater desalination experience is Chaimaa Ben Skoura, Desalination Team Coordinator at OCP who spoke highly of this station inaugurated by King Mohammed VI in February 2016. She also said the whole story. The importance of the investment that the OCP devotes to the desalination of seawater and praises the technical praise of the purification of seawater from its intake at the source to arrival at the storage tank.

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Mohamed Amine Rabitateddine, Project manager at JESA (Jacobs Engineering SA) told us about JESA’s expertise or experience in the field of unconventional water. After presenting JESA as a Moroccan design office which started its activity in 2010, it is a joint venture between OCP and initially the American firm Jacobs which sold its global activity in energy, resources and chemicals to the Australian Worley, a global player in engineering for the great good of OCP. Regarding water, Rabitateddine JESA is multidisciplinary and intervenes in the treatment and valuation of wastewater, desalination, water supply and distribution systems, hydrology, flood protection, hydrogeology and dams and dikes.

As we can imagine, this is only a sample of what was said, also, as usual fans of this kind of webinar, rich and informative and moreover perfectly moderated by Zineb Benjelloun and whose the theme is most interesting are invited to use the click to expand their knowledge in the field of unconventional water, its use, its consumption and its perspectives in the matter of sustainable development to which Morocco attaches extreme importance.

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