Construction of the first three plants is already under way in the Tozeur governorate; at Tozeur, Nefza and Hezoua. The total estimated cost of the plants is TD15.8m ($12.7m).

The plant at Tozeur will have a desalination capacity of 1.3 million gallons a day (g/d). The Nefza plant will produce about 879,000 g/d and the Hezoua plant will have capacity of 142,000 g/d.

State-owned water company Société Nationale d’Exploitation et de Distribution des Eaux is expected to issue tenders for the remaining 11 plants in October.