TUNIS, Tunisia – The first of four desalination plants has been inaugurated to help Tunisia meet growing municipal water demands.
The 50,000 m3/day development on the island of Djerba is expandable to 75,000 m3/day and is expected to meet the potable water needs of the island’s residents until 2035.
The 70 million euro project was awarded by Sonede, Tunisia's national water agency and was jointly financed by the German development bank, KfW, and the French Agency for Development, AFD.
Spanish firm FCC Aqualia won the tender in a 50:50 joint venture with Inima, the Spanish subsidiary of Korean company GS.
The project included the seawater intake and brine discharge systems, a plant to remove iron from well water, a drinking water pumping station, and the supply and installation of 23.7 kilometres of mains to connect with the existing water grid.
Elsewhere in Tunisia, desalination plants are being planned in Sousse, Sfax and Zarat (Gabes Governatorate).
Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed reportedly said: “It brings a significant advantage to the island of Djerba and the entire region, providing the ability to satisfy demand for additional water and covering demand from the tourist sector.”