The desalination plant in El Prat, situated just outside Barcelona between the end of the river Llobregat and the Mediterranean, has successfully completed maintenance work and is now due to start operations in July, some two months behind schedule (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). This plant is the largest of its kind in Europe and it's estimated that it will provide between 17 and 20 percent of the water used by the city of Barcelona (up to 200 million litres a day), by removing the salt from seawater and then feeding it through to the deposit of Fontsanta.
Despite his success during the last football season, as the second-best goal-scorer in the Spanish league and with crucial goals scored in the Champions League including in the Rome final, it seems that Samuel Eto'o's services are no longer required by some at FC Barcelona (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). At a meeting yesterday between the club and his representative, the former made it clear that the door was wide open for the player to sign a contract with another club. It seems that while the Barça board would be happy to renegotiate their agreement with him, the same can not be said for the trainer Pep Guardiola, whose plans for next season's strategy don't involve Eto'o. However, in the end it looks likely that Eto'o will stay until his current contract with Barcelona ends next year; he is not currently looking for an alternative club and Guardiola has said that he can stay if he doesn't get a better offer from elsewhere.
The workers of train operator Renfe who had threatened to strike today and tomorrow have called off their action, following a last-minute meeting in the early hours of this morning (article in Catalan, Avui). The strike was originally called because trade unions are unhappy with the proposed transfer of the management of the Rodalies service to the Generalitat from the central Spanish government. If it had gone ahead, the strike would have affected all the services operated by Renfe; and even though it was averted, some lines suffered delays this morning.