The Aquasun Energia e Água company plans to invest 22 million euros in an agro-industrial project on the island of Santo Antão in Cabo Verde, under a convention approved on Wednesday by the Cabo Verde Council of Ministers.
The Minister of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Fernando Elísio Freire, said on Thursday that this is a structural project for Cabo Verde and Santo Antão, focusing on the agro-industrial and agribusiness sector, according to the Inforpress news agency.
“It is an investment of around 22 million euros [approximately 2.4 billion escudos] financed with our own resources and others that aims to create more resources for sustainable development and to participate in optimising the agro-industrial sector,” he said.
The project outlines the construction of a hybrid solar and solar photovoltaic farm, with medium voltage electric infrastructures, a desalinated water plant with a production capacity of 3,500 cubic metres of drinking water per day exclusively for agriculture and livestock areas.
It also includes construction of a hydroponic centre and an agro-industrial centre, thus setting up conditions for agriculture on the island of Santo Antão, as well as increasing the penetration of renewable energies and taking advantage of the potential of water desalination.