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.