Va Tech Wabag secures Tunisian desalination project

VA Tech Wabag has secured a contract for a 50,000 m3/d desalination plant in Zarat, Gabes governorate, Tunisia.

Afrik 21 reports that the India firm was the only bidder. The contract covers design, build and operations for a year.

The contract value is TND 231.6 million ($79 million), which has been financed largely by a loan from Germany’s KfW Development Bank.

The project will comprise three seawater reverse osmosis units each of 15,000 m3/d. Additionally, the works include installation of intake and brine discharge systems, a transfer pumping station, electricity substation, and roads and services.

Completion is set for 2021. 

The off-taker is Tunisia’s national water agency SONEDE. The utility wants to double the plant’s capacity to 100,000 m3/d by 2027.

The story so far:

KfW finances Euro 82 million Tunisian desalination project in Zarat (May 2018)

Tunisia officially opens its first desalination plant (May 2018)

Tunisia’s SONEDE details programme of desalination plants (February 2018)

Tunisia’s SONEDE secures $328 million for Sfax seawater desal project (July 2017)

KfW signs Djerba desalination loan agreement in Tunisia (August 2013)