Tunisia’s cabinet has approved a preliminary list of projects to be procured under the public private partnerships (PPP) law, according to a senior civil servant at the Ministry of Development and International Cooperation.

Executive regulations were issued in June, and tendering should begin soon for a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) in the northern suburbs of Tunis, and a desalination plant for the Tunisian Chemical Group.

This follows legislative reforms passed by the Assembly of People’s Representatives in November 2015. 

The programme includes PPP projects previously put on hold, such as Enfidha deepwater port, and new projects, such as waste-to-energy plants in Tunis and Sousse.

PPP projects approved by Tunisia’s cabinet     
 Project  Client  Capacity
 Solar PV plant  Societe Tunisienne de l’Electricite et du Gaz (Steg)  50MW
 Wind plants  Steg  3 x 100MW
 Independent water project (IWP)  Tunisian Chemical Group TBA
 Sfax IWP  Société nationale d’exploitation et de distribution des eaux (Sonede)  150,000 cubic metres a day (cm/d)
 Enfidha Deepwater Port  L’Office de la marine marchande et des ports (OMPP)  2.5 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs)
 Rades Port expansion  OMPP  450,000 TEUs
 Logistics zones Transport Ministry  TBA
 North Tunis wastewater plant  L’Office National de l’Assainissement (Onas)  60,000 cm/d
 Solid waste projects in Tunis & Sousse  L’Agence Nationale pour la Gestion des Déchets (Anged)  TBA
 Source: MEED Insight

Tunisia is still working on model contracts for PPP, with funds from development banks, and capacity building at the PPP Unit and other public sector stakeholders.

Before 2008, Tunisia contracted several PPP projects including Rades independent power project (IPP), Enfidha and Monastir airports and La Goulette Cruise Terminal.

The later 2008 PPP law was unsuccessful and no projects were procured under it.

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