Zuara Desalination Plant Project

Zuara Desalination Plant Project

Zuara Desalination Plant Project, located in near Zuara city within 10 km in western part of Libya, in 100 km distance to capital city Tripoli, 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 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. HFO is planned to be used as main fuel for MED Desalination Plant operation whereas; light fuel oil (LFO) are used as back-up fuels.

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

Project Description

Zaura 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
ENKA Teknik
General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL)
Key Quantities
Concrete4,764 m3
Structural Steel341 tons
Cabling185 lm
Equipment4,800 tons
Engineering Hours28,300 hrs
Document Quantity720 pcs
Project Duration
Start Date14.03.2007
Finish Date30.11.2010
Duration45 Months


Zaura, Libya

Zaura Desalination Plant is expected to address the growing demand for water in western part of the country and supply reliable water to public.

Project site is located in coast line of Zaura city in the western part of Libya. Soil was weak to withstand heavy loads of the project structures. So ENKA had to perform piling work with dia. 600 mm drill hole in total of 3,696 m in length.

Such regional location and high temperatures during summer months created unique challenges for the project workforce peaked at 280 people.


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), LFO Tank (1×5,000 m3), 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. ENKA further provided training for the O&M personnel who will be operating and maintaining the plant.

  • 1.1 million man-hours


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