Desalination plant in Sfax, Tunisia to be tendered shortly

Tunisia’s national water company, Sonede, is expected to launch its tender for the construction of its 150,000 m3/day desalination plant in Sfax in May 2015...

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Tunisia’s national water company, Sonede, is expected to launch a tender for the construction of its 150,000 m3/day desalination plant in Sfax in May 2015.

Funded by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the new facility would supply potable water to the coastal city and industrial centre, Sfax, Meed reported.

In June, Spanish firm FCC subsidiary Aqualia won its first contract in the country: a 70 million euro contract to build a 50,000 m3/day desalination project in Djerba.

Elsewhere in North Africa, last week saw Singapore firm Hyflux open it’s 500,000 m3/day Magtaa desalination facility for state owned national public water company, L’Algerienne Des Eaux (see WWi story).

Tunisian water company Sonede provides potable water services to nine million people across the country with non-revenue water losses estimated at around 28%.

Desalination plans are part of the Tunisian government’s and Sonede’s National Water Security Investment Programme to ensure urban populations have undisrupted water services over the next decade.

The World Bank announced a US$26.2 million finance package in the summer to upgrade water supplies and services in the Greater Tunis area.

Funding is expected to be used for the rehabilitation and capacity expansion of the Greater Tunis potable water treatment plant located at Ghdir-el-Gollah. This is as well as the Belli potable water plant serving the centre of the eastern part of the country.

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