ALGIERS-The President of the Republic, Mr. Abdelmadjid Tebboune inspected and inaugurated several projects in different sectors during the working and inspection visit he made, Thursday, to Oran.
Upon his arrival at Ahmed Ben Bella International Airport in Oran, the President of the Republic was welcomed by the local civil and military authorities.
Four ANP air force fighter planes flew over the international airport of Oran to greet the President of the Republic upon his arrival in the western capital of the country.
Subsequently, President Tebboune traveled aboard a presidential helicopter to Aïn El Kerma where he laid the foundation stone for the project to build a seawater desalination plant in the locality of “Cap Blanc” (daïra of Boutlelis). The project for the construction of this station, the completion of which is set at 28 months, has been entrusted to subsidiaries of the Sonatrach group.
On this occasion, President Tebboune emphasized the need to ensure a regular supply of drinking water to citizens during the summer period and to avoid cuts for long periods, stressing that “it is strictly forbidden to turn off the water for two successive days”.
In this sense, he noted that it was the duty of the authorities concerned to “respect their commitments vis-à-vis the citizen” with regard to drinking water supply programs.
President Tebboune recommended using desalinated water to meet consumer needs, while groundwater and dams’ water should be reserved for agricultural irrigation.
“Today, we are able to build these stations with our own means”, he said, noting that “the combination of efforts will free Algeria from the problems of drinking water supply”.
Regarding the projects for the construction of five seawater desalination stations with a capacity of 300,000 m3 per day each in different wilayas and intended to increase production to 3.3 million m3, the President of the Republic underlined that these are important infrastructures that will guarantee the supply of drinking water, particularly in cities with a high population density.
He also recalled that Algeria, with its 74 hydraulic dams, 90% of which were built after independence, occupies first place in this field on the Maghreb and African scale, noting that “this network remains insufficient in view of the drought that the country has been experiencing for four or five years”.
In a related context, President Tebboune inaugurated the new terminal of the international airport of Oran and visited its various installations, before following a presentation given by the director of the airport of Oran.
On this occasion, the President of the Republic insisted on the need to support this new infrastructure with strong state companies which will be responsible for its maintenance, while calling on those responsible for the airport to improve the quality of services and ensure optimal management of this terminal.
“We should now change the management method and entrust young skills with the management of major projects,” he said.
This facility, which meets international standards, is considered an architectural gem with the combination of Moorish and modern architectural styles. As for its capacity, it is 3.5 million passengers per year and could reach up to 6 million passengers.
Built by the Cosider Group, the terminal also includes a freight area with international standards covering an area of 4,000 square meters, while the capacity of this infrastructure (parking) has been increased from 15 to 25 aircraft.
Lighting inside the terminal is powered by solar energy, becoming the first airport in Africa to adopt this new technology. Some 4,550 high quality photovoltaic panels have been installed on the roof of the building, covering an area of 14,500 m2. This technology allows the recovery of 25% of the energy that will supply the international airport of Oran.
The terminal also has a three-storey car park that can accommodate 1,200 vehicles, as well as another outdoor car park with a similar capacity.
During this visit, President Tebboune inaugurated, in the commune of Bir El-Djir, the new Olympic complex named after the former international player, the late Miloud Hadfi, and inspected a football stadium with a capacity of 40,000 seats, a sports hall and a center for aquatic sports, as well as the Mediterranean village.
At the same time, the President of the Republic inaugurated a burns hospital.
After visiting the various departments of this hospital establishment with a capacity of 125 beds, he listened to a presentation on this structure, highlighting the need to open new emergency departments to reduce the pressure exerted on the hospitals that treat severe burns.
The new hospital includes a major burns department, another for reconstructive surgery for children and adults, a resuscitation department and another for maxilo-facial surgery.