Gide acted as legal advisor to the International Finance Corporation (IFC), itself Lead Advisor to the Water Treatment Authority of Tunisia (Office National de l'Assainissement de la Tunisie, ONAS), for the structuring, negotiation and execution between SUEZ and ONAS of the first public-private partnership in the water sector in Tunisia.
ONAS has delegated to SUEZ the operation of public sanitation services in the governorates of Sfax, Gabès, Médenine and Tataouine. The 10-year concession contract includes (i) rehabilitation works on existing wastewater treatment plants, (ii) additional works to improve the quality of treated water and (iii) operation and maintenance of the existing network comprising 14 wastewater treatment plants, 106 pumping stations and 1,900km of wastewater pipes.
The €200 million project will be financed by the World Bank, for the rehabilitation and extension of the infrastructure, and by the Tunisian government for the operation and maintenance of this infrastructure.
The Gide team comprised partner John Crothers and associate Barthélemy Littot.