Libya has invited companies to prequalify for a tender to build a reverse osmosis plant in Azzawiya to produce industrial and drinking water from seawater.

Azzawiya Oil Refining Company (ARC), a subsidiary of state-owned National Oil Corporation (NOC), has asked companies to submit prequalification documents by 6 October.

The project includes the design, supply, installation, commissioning, start-up and training programme for a new reverse osmosis plant. The plant will produce 4,000 cubic metres a day of water, split evenly between industrial water and drinking water.

The scope of works includes enlarging and prefabricating the existing reverse osmosis building to enable it to house existing and new plants.

Azzawiya is located on the Mediterranean coast in the west of Libya, about 40 kilometres to the west of Tripoli.

In June 2015, ARC invited invited contractors to prequalify for a project to upgrade its lube oil blending and facilities. However, this project is thought to be on hold.