Côte d’Ivoire: French, Indian companies win contract for €300m drinking water projects

French and Indian companies, Eiffage and Infra International, have been awarded a €300 million contract for the supply of drinking water in several regions of Côte d’Ivoire.

The West African nation plans to construct 6,000 boreholes of drinking water in several localities of the country.

The €300 million contract with Eiffage and Infra International is expected to provide 4,000 boreholes of drinking water.

Last week, China Harbor Engineering Company (CHEC) has also been awarded a contract for the implementation of several drinking water supply projects across the country for about €97.5 million.

In March, Suez SA, a French-based utility company, which operates largely in water treatment and waste management sectors, signed a €19m contract to supply and install 40 compact modular drinking water production units in Côte d’Ivoire.

With a total production capacity of 92,000 m3/day, these units will supply 18 towns in 17 regions.

The projects are part of the “Water for All” program meant to provide drinking water to 450,000 inhabitants by 2020.

According to UNICEF, more than 8 million people – 43 % of Côte d’Ivoire’s population – lack appropriate sanitation facilities and over 4 million people still use unsafe drinking water.

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