Agip sign deal for desalination plant in Kenya

Wonthaggi desalination plant DSC 6478An example of desalination plant in Wonthaggi on the Little Powlett River. (Image source: Peter Campbell/Commons)Aziena Generale Italiana Petroli (Agip) has signed a deal worth Sh20mn, to construct a desalination plant in Lamu County, Kenya

The Lamu County government has signed a deal with italian oil firm Agip to establish a desalination plant that willuse the water in the Indian Ocean to provide fresh water to residents. The deal with Agip, which is owned by Italian oil major ENI, will see the Sh20 mn plant established at Siyu Village in the Lamu archipelago.

“We have already done the drilling and now we have ordered the equipment from U.S.A to start the work anytime”, said Iain Brewster who is the director of the Basis Africa.

On Monday 27 March,  Lamu governor Issa Timamy accompanied by Italian ambassador to Kenya Mauro Masoni with the General Manager of Agip to Kenya Lucker Dragoneti visited Siu village. Mr Timamy said water is a big challenge in Siu village Pate-island which all underground water is saline.

“This is a timely project for the people in this area, so on my on behalf, on behalf of the county government of Lamu and on behalf in particular of the resident of this village they really want to appreciate the very kind gesture of allocating the project here“ said Timamy.

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