Africa

Metito lays out strategy to keep Middle East watered – Egypt

The Middle East’s water challenge is summed up in one stark statistic: The region is home to 6 percent of the world’s population but has just 1 percent of its fresh water.

Rami Ghandour, managing director of UAE-based water company Metito Utilities, knows these and similar figures by heart.

He can tell you how much of the population of Egypt inhabits water-intensive cities (97 percent) and how much water the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region consumes per capita compared to the US (significantly more).

(LINK).

Construction starts at SA’s biggest renewable energy project – South Africa

This was announced by ACWA Power, a Saudi developer, investor and operator of power generation and water desalination plants in 13 countries and the lead shareholder in the Redstone CSP.

ACWA Power made the announcement of commencement of the construction on the 100MW Redstone project following achievement of financial close.

According to the company, at R11.6 billion total investment, the Redstone project is the largest renewable energy investment in SA to date.

(LINK).

Egypt seeks alternatives to possible Nile water loss from Ethiopian dam – Egypt

CAIRO — Egypt’s Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources revealed May 2 four projects and plans to reduce water waste in the country, counter the growing need for water in the future and help mitigate the negative impact of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on its irrigation system.

Masrawy news portal quoted Mohamed Ghanem, spokesman for the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources, as saying that they have prepared for all potential scenarios, including worst-case scenarios, by adopting a good management system for every drop of water.

He noted that projects are currently underway as part of the plan, most notably the rehabilitation and lining of canals and drains at a cost of 80 billion Egyptian pounds ($5.1 million), and that the project will limit water loss and allow a better water flow.

(LINK).

A first for village in Kilifi as NGO undertakes fresh water project – Kenya

Since independence, Kavunzoni village in Kilifi county has had no fresh water.

Residents have to walk for long distances in search of water.

School going children are not spared either as a times they have to sacrifice their education and remain at home babysitting their younger siblings as their mothers set out in search of the precious commodity.

(LINK).

NMB council approves construction of seawater desalination plant – South Africa

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s Council has approved the construction of a seawater desalination plant.

This decision was taken in a Special Council meeting held on Friday.

The decision paves the way for the city’s Infrastructure and Engineering Directorate to enter into a partnership with the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) to proceed with plans to fast track the project, considering the severity of the drought currently facing the city.

Lamu Residents Fault County Over Biting Water Shortage During Ramadhan – Kenya

The Muslim faithful in Lamu Island are pushing the county government to urgently address an ongoing water shortage that has hindered crucial activities during the holy month of Ramadhan.

Water is essential to Muslims, especially during the evening after breaking the fast.

However, many households within Lamu Island have witnessed rampant water shortage with some missing the commodity for over ten days in a row.

(LINK).

Egypt builds 151 dual, triple sewage treatment plants for EGP 32 bln – Egypt

Egypt is constructing 151 dual and triple sewage treatment plants across the country, with a total capacity of five million m3 of water per day, at a cost of EGP 31.59 billion

The announcement was made by Minister of Housing, Utilities, and Urban Communities Assem El-Gazzar on Saturday.

Other projects include 59 wastewater treatment plants that were built in Upper Egypt to serve 8.3 million people, he added.

(LINK).

Acwa Power signs agreement for 200MW Egypt solar plant – Egypt

Acwa Power, a leading Saudi developer, investor and operator of power generation and desalinated water plants in 13 markets, has finalised the project agreements for the 200MW Kom Ombo PV (photovoltaic) plant in Egypt.

Construction of the plant is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2021 and upon completion, Kom Ombo PV will cater to the power needs of 130,000 households and offset 336,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year.

The signing of the 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA), network connection contract and usufruct agreement was conducted via a virtual ceremony held with senior government officials and representatives from the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC); The New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA), and Acwa Power.

(LINK).

Morocco Ramps Up Development Projects in Southern Provinces – Morocco

Determined to deliver on its promise of transforming its southern provinces into a continental hub, Morocco is engaged in a spending spree to complete a number of development projects in the region.

On Friday this week, Morocco’s Minister of Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water, Abdelkader Amara, traveled to the region to inspect the construction sites of several road and water projects in the Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra region.

In the city of Laayoune, Amara and Abderrahim El Hafidi, the director general of the National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water visited the construction sites of desalination and wastewater treatment plants. 

(LINK).

Why Egypt is leading the way for water infra development – Egypt

Egypt comprises one of the most populated areas in the MENA region with 100 million plus putting water security at the forefront for infrastructure development.

The North African country has recently launched an infrastructure development programme whereby construction stakeholders are building desalination plants to overcome water scarcity, reduce pollution and to help preserve the environment, while also allowing to better utilise the Nile water.

Leading the way for infrastructure development in Egypt is Hassan Allam Holding, who recently sat down with Construction Week to discuss why they are the “leaders” in this particular sector.

(LINK).