[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="200"] Cadagua, a Grupo Ferrovial company[/caption] Cadagua is awarded the contracts for two desalination plants in Tunisia Cadagua, a Grupo Ferrovial company, has obtained the contracts for two salt water desalination plants in Jervas Island and Zarzis, in Tunisia. The contracts total Pta 3 billion and will be financed by Mitsubishi through a Japanese Economic Cooperation Fund (OECF, Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund). The construction of these two projects will last 18 months, plus one year of operation. The projects are part of a potable water quality improvement plan in the southern region of the country and will serve a total population of more than 120,000 inhabitants. Each of the desalination plants will have a daily capacity of 12,000 m3, with three production lines of 4,000 m3 per day. The salt water comes from underground aquifers in the southern area of the country. The water has a high salt level, 6 grams per liter. After its treatment, the salt level will be less than 0.5 grams per liter, representing the removal of more than 90%. Experience and own technology Sixteen local, European, American and Japanese consortia presented bids. Cadagua´s selection was determined by its experience and the use of its own technology. Specifically, some of the most important desalination plants in Spain have been constructed and operated by Cadagua; i.e. Lanzarote, La Oliva (Fuerteventura), Galdar, Agaete and Agragua (Gran Canaria), Formentera, etc. At present, Cadagua is building the Ceuta and Santa Cruz de Tenerife plants, and is performing maintenance tasks, for a ten year period, in the Ibiza plant. Abroad, the desalination plant of Dhekelia, in Cyprus, the largest one constructed by Cadagua, has just been started off and Cadagua is currently doubling its initial capacity to 40,000 m3 per day of desalinated water.