The construction works of the Gargour seawater desalination plant (South Sfax) were kicked off by Prime Minister Najla Bouden on Friday, after a delay that lasted for several years due to corruption suspicions related to this project.

Although Former Minister of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries Oussema Kheriji announced the launch of this project on July 29, 2020, construction works did not take place.

They were limited only to the installation of pipes and electrification. Then, in July 2020, the Metito, Orascom and Cobra consortium won the call for tenders launched by SONEDE to build seawater desalination plant.