The Canadian firm SNC Lavalin, which conducted the feasibility study for construction of a new pulp plant in Morocco, has announced that the project would be completed by 2004. This factory will be located in the eastern region of the kingdom and will be part of the Alfa Project. This $150 million venture aims at utilizing the natural resources that are available in this part of Morocco, a Sharq al Awsat daily reports.
SNC Lavalin has been active in the Middle East region for many years. In 1994, it completed a $72.3-million Integrated Soil and Water Improvement Project in a 35,000 ha area in the eastern delta of Egypt's Nile River. Also in 1994, Lavalin constructed a Phosphoric Acid Production Facility (Retrofit) for the Jordan Phosphate Mines Co. Ltd. (JPMC (.
Meanwhile, Canadian Trade and Industry Minister John Manley and his Moroccan counterpart, Alilmi al Tazi, discussed the Alfa Project and other types of economic cooperation between Canada and Morocco during the latter's recent visit to Canada. The Moroccan economy's allure to Canadian business has risen in recent years. CANADEXPORT reports that Canadian firms such as Nortel Networks, Dessau International, Corel and Computronix have recently opened offices in this North African state. Also, the Canadian firm Geotterex Dighem has been awarded two phases of a large helicopter geophysical survey within the framework of Morocco's ambitious National Programme of the Geological Cartography (NPGC).
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