Georges Mougin and his team chose the Canary Islands as their destination. This region suffers shortages of water and already uses desalination, so it is a suitable place to test the “iceberg” alternative.
The island of Newfoundland stands out as a departure point because of the ocean currents that favor towing an iceberg at the least cost. Moreover, Newfoundland area already has an environment and the infrastructure required for such a project: icebergs, certainly, but also an iceberg surveillance system and expert knowledge of their natural drift, thanks to the Ice Patrol, and there are tugboats available.
So, the fundamentals of the pilot project are as follows: a tabular iceberg of approximately 7 million tons, a tugboat with a tractive force of 130 tons, and a fixed route between Newfoundland and the Canary Islands.