Africa’s first sea water solar desalination plant has now produced more than 10 000 kL of drinkable water.
The plant, located in Witsand, Hessequa Municipality, has been fully operational since 20 December, 2018, solving the crisis in the area and providing the local population a steady water supply, especially over the Christmas period.
Wesgro CEO, Tim Harris, says: “It is an outstanding achievement that within just two months of operation the de-salination plant is already surpassing 10,000 kL.
"The installation further endorses that Cape Town and the Western Cape has successfully emerged as a resilient destination and a world leader in sustainability.
"A resilient destination is even more attractive to tourists and investors alike, and therefore, a key component of our economic promotion of the destination now and into the future.”
The project, co-funded by the French Treasury and the Province of the Western Cape, has been fully developed and completed in less than 18 months by Turnkey Water Solutions (TWS) and Mascara Renewable Water, together with a strong team of local consultants and contractors.
The OSMOSUN plant, designed by Mascara, is currently producing an average of 150 kL of drinkable water per day, two-thirds of the production from solar energy only and at a very competitive price.
The Municipal staff have been trained and are now fully empowered to operate the plant’s day-to-day activities.
The plant is remotely controlled by TWS together with Mascara Renewable Water, and is continuously monitored to ensure perfect integration into its environment.
All data is made public via the municipal website for full transparency.
This installation provides a sustainable answer to two main challenges in Africa: Water Scarcity and Energy Supply.
Marc Vergnet, CEO of Mascara Renewable Water acknowledges the momentum created by TWS :
“When we started our collaboration two years ago, we would have never thought it possible to successfully install and commission an OSMOSUN plant producing 150 kL every day within such a short time-frame, therefore opening up great opportunities for equipment installations and water sales projects in the region.”
Specialized in sustainable water management: TWS designs, procures, builds, operates and maintains water production, treatment and recycling facilities.
Its mission is to improve the Water Cycle by providing new source of drinking water whilst recycling and reusing after consuming, thus enabling a circular and sustainable management of water, addressing the challenges of scarcity and energy supply in Africa.
These challenges affect basic human needs as well as long-term socio-economic development.
Improving health, quality of life and social cohesion as well as creating new drivers for economic development is TWS's vision.
Mascara Renewable Water specializes in innovative treatment solutions with the use of renewable energy.
It developed the world’s first industrial reverse osmosis seawater and brackish water desalination technology coupled with photo-voltaic solar energy, without battery, to supply everyone, everywhere, with drinking water at a competitive price without CO2 emissions.
Its OSMOSUN patented technology offers modular desalination plants for a daily production ranging from 10 to 10 000 m3 per day.