Bids called for Tunis plants

11 April 2003
State water agency Office Nationale de l'Assainissement (ONAS) released on 8 April the tender packages for the expansion of two wastewater plants in Tunis. The closing date for offers is 9 June, and technical proposals will be opened the following day. The Jeddah-based Islamic Development Bank is to provide $42.7 million towards the expansion of the plants (MEED 14:2:03).

The two tenders cover the civils package and electrical and mechanical work to increase capacity at the Sud Meliane II and Choutrana II plants by 40,000 cubic metres a day (cm/d) each. The additional capacity will go some way towards meeting the rising need for wastewater treatment that has accompanied the rapid population growth in the capital. A 100,000-cm/d shortfall is anticipated by 2006 if remedial measures are not taken.

The rise in demand, especially in the west of Tunis, was initially due to be met by the construction of a 'super plant' at Tunis West. However, plans to build the facility on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis have been temporarily shelved (MEED 13:10:00).

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