Tunisias 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 Peoples 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 Tunisias cabinet|
|Solar PV plant||Societe Tunisienne de lElectricite et du Gaz (Steg)||50MW|
|Wind plants||Steg||3 x 100MW|
|Independent water project (IWP)||Tunisian Chemical Group||TBA|
|Sfax IWP||Société nationale dexploitation et de distribution des eaux (Sonede)||150,000 cubic metres a day (cm/d)|
|Enfidha Deepwater Port||LOffice 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||LOffice National de lAssainissement (Onas)||60,000 cm/d|
|Solid waste projects in Tunis & Sousse||LAgence 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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