DJERBA, Tunisia — FCC Aqualia, FCC's water management subsidiary, has been awarded the contract to build a desalination plant in Djerba, which is located off the coast of Tunisia and is one of the country's main tourist enclaves, according to a press release.

With this contract, worth 70 million euro, the company now operates in 18 countries.

The project was awarded by Sonede, Tunisia's national water agency, and is being jointly financed by the German development bank, KfW, and the French Agency for Development, AFD, stated the release.  

FCC Aqualia won the tender in a 50:50 joint venture with Inima, the Spanish subsidiary of Korean company GS.

The consortium will design, build, commission and operate the seawater desalination plant during the warranty period. The plant will have the capacity to produce 50,000 m3/day of drinking water, supplying the population of Djerba (about 150,000), noted the release.