Soussa Desalination Plant Project

Soussa Desalination Plant Project

Soussa Desalination Plant Project, located in Soussa city in eastern part of Libya, was in part of a development plan implemented by General Electricity Company of Libya, in the period of 40th Anniversary preparations of Libyan Leader, to cover high demand of reliable water sources in eastern part of Libya.

The project undertaken by ENKA consisted of engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning and start-up of a 2×20.000 m3/day Water Production Plant with two type of fuel, Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) and Light Fuel Oil (LFO), complete with all Balance of Plant (BOP) systems. Heavy fuel oil (HFO) is used as main fuel for MED Desalination Plant operation whereas; light fuel oil (LFO) are used as back-up fuels. The project consisted of a redundant sea water intake system, complete basic design and detailed design of which, was included in EPC Scope of the project.

Main process and equipment, MED evaporators, boilers and auxiliaries are supplied by Sidem (Veolia, FR) as consortium partner of the Project.

Project Description

Soussa Desalination Plant Project (Sea Water Thermal (MED-TVC) Plant

  • Turn-key Engineering
  • Procurement
  • Construction
  • Commissioning & Start-up

Project Features

Contract Type
Lump Sum Turn-key
Scope of Work
Turn-key Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Commissioning & Start-up
General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL)
Key Quantities
Concrete11,500 m3
Structural Steel460 tons
Cabling147 lm
Equipment4,000 tons
Engineering Hours65,000 hrs
Document Quantity1,144 pcs
Project Duration
Start Date05.08.2006
Finish Date15.08.2010
Duration49 Months


Soussa, Libya

Soussa Desalination Plant was expected to address the growing demand for water in eastern part of the country and supply reliable water to public.

Offshore portion of sea water system was challenge in eastern Mediterranean Sea under unexpected open sea conditions. 2×500 m HDPE pipe string was floated and sank in one piece to be installed on sea bed. Design and implementation of offshore portion were performed with appropriate design margins and redundancy requirements.

The project site is located in near Soussa city in the eastern part of Libya. ENKA, while executing the work, successfully managed cultural relations with locals to avoid any clashes and maintained good relations with its neighbors.

Such regional location and high temperatures during summer months created unique challenges for the project workforce peaked at 380 employees.


ENKA has self-performed the basic engineering, detail engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, startup and performance testing scope for the project utilizing in-house resources on a lump sum turn-key basis. Specific scope of services provided by ENKA included; complete basic and detailed design and engineering of the plant, supply of all balance of plant (BOP) systems and equipment, all civil works including foundations and structural steel, Product Water Tanks (2×20,000 m3), Make Up Water Tank (1×500 m3), HFO Tanks (2×5,000 m3), 2×40,000 m3/day sea water intake system including 20 kg/hr electro-chlorination system, 2×500 m HDPE offshore sea water intake piping (dia. 1400 mm), complete interconnecting piping of the plant, firefighting system, MV/LV electrical & control and switchgear systems with aux. transformers, instrument and plant air supply systems, Emergency Diesel Generators, waste collection and treatment system, batteries and UPS System, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, overhead cranes and maintenance hoists, power plant distributed control system (DCS), mechanical and electrical erection, complete civil and structural works, supply of spare parts, and start-up and commissioning of the plant. Furthermore, ENKA provided onshore and offshore training for the Owner’s personnel for the operation and maintenance of the plant.

  • 1.5 million person-hours
  • First supply and delivery of floating HDPE offshore pipe (dia. 1,400 mm) in total 500 m length on piece bundle from Turkey. First Çanakkale channel crossing of HDPE pipe string by floating method with tug boat in total of 650 m
  • 600 tons of concrete water intake head erection in 12 m depth under seawater
  • 6 pcs of concrete blocks, 85 tons each, transportation by means of floating in 2 miles


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