Construction of the Grand Sfax desalination plant, in the Sfax governorate, will begin next year, according to Minister of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fishery Samir Taieb as reported by TAP news agency.
The plant will treat 200,000 m3 of seawater on a daily basis and be built over 20 hectares in the southern delegation of Sfax.
The project’s cost stands at 480 million dinars ($197 million) and will be financed with a loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), to be delivered in 2020, according to Taieb.
The infrastructure should provide the region with its own drinking water network and help it better tap into its underground water resources as the region currently receives drinking water from the Northern part of the country.
The project is led by the National Water distribution Utility (SONEDE).