Orascom Construction sees strong pipeline of projects in services sector in 2021 – Egypt

Egypt’s Orascom Construction (OC) company sees a strong pipeline of projects in 2021 covering the country’s metro, railways, new roads and highways, water, and infrastructure. 

This also includes Operations and Management (O&M) contracts in renewables, water desalination, water treatment, wastewater treatment, power, and facilities management 

The company stressed its expertise in securing financing on behalf of the client for large scale projects, such as Egypt’s new Monorail network and water treatment plants .


The major challenges of access to drinking water – Africa

In Africa, population growth is amplifying the challenges related to drinking water supply. On the occasion of World Water Day, Afrik 21 decrypt the challenges of water management for a continent has today 1.3 billion inhabitants, 17% of the world’s population, making it the second most populated continent in the world after Asia.

According to United Nations (UN) forecasts, Africa’s population is expected to almost double by 2050. It is likely to total nearly 4.5 billion people by 2100, or 40% of humanity.

Today, one in four Africans do not have access to a safe source of drinking water, and if nothing is done, the situation is likely to get even worse in the years to come.


Najjar and Egyptian envoy discuss ways to enhance water cooperation – Egypt

Minister of Water and Irrigation, Mohammad Najjar, discussed with the Egyptian Ambassador to Jordan, Sherif Kamal, on Wednesday, ways to strengthen aspects of water cooperation.

Speaking during the meeting, Najjar reviewed Jordan’s water conditions, and the “growing, and accelerating” development needs and the challenges this process has imposed on the water sector, especially in light of the continued Covid-19 pandemic.

The minister also highlighted the projects that Jordan is planning to implement to address those water challenges, especially through launching desalination projects, developing irrigation systems and reusing treated water for the various purposes, enhancing joint water cooperation, and exchanging experiences.


Sardarov linked to Geingob, Masisi desalination deal – Namibia

The government has over the years been weighing plans to extract water from the Atlantic Ocean to solve the problem of water scarcity in the country.

Namibia also wants to partner with Botswana on the proposed project, to provide the drought-stricken neighbouring country with water as well.

The Namibian has been informed by State House press secretary Alfredo Hengari that Sardarov is a prospective investor in the project.

Heavy rains raise KZN dam levels – Durban

Durban – KwaZulu Natal dam levels have increased drastically week-on-week as a result of the recent rainfall.

This was revealed in a weekly dam level report issued by the Department of Water and Sanitation.

According to the department’s spokesperson, Sputnik Ratau, the province’s water storage capacity increased by about 1.9% last week.

Details of Geingob, Masisi secrete meetings revealed – Namibia

The meeting took place at State House on Thursday during Botswana president Mokgweetsi Masisi’s visit to Namibia.

Masisi was in Namibia for a one-day “working visit”.The details of the meeting only became known after Masisi tweeted about it on Thursday night.

“They have started talks with an investor who is offering to desalinate water from the Atlantic Ocean and supply them.


Contec Global, Maithri Aquatech to bring sustainable solutions to MEA region – Middle East

Contec Global has marked a strategic tie-up with Maithri Aquatech to bring large-scale sustainable water solutions to the Middle East and Africa.

The partnership aims to deliver a business of over Dh735 million in atmospheric water generator (AWG) solutions in the region in the next three to five years.

The two entities will work together to provide safe, potable, clean water on a sustainable basis. They will focus on capacity building using Contec Global and Maithri’s joint expertise in delivering turn-key AWG projects for drinking water and micro-irrigation in acutely water-stressed areas.


Egypt turns to Russia for help with desalination plants amid Nile dam crisis – Egypt

Egypt is seeking to move forward in the implementation of new seawater desalination projects in cooperation with the Russian Rusnano Group, which specializes in this field, to fill the country’s water deficit that exceeds 20 billion cubic meters per year amid the faltering negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

Tripartite negotiations over the GERD continue to stall as the last round of talks held Jan. 10 failed to make any progress between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan.

In a Jan. 22 statement, Abdel Moneim al-Terras, chairman of the Arab Organization for Industrialization, said that Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi directed the government to boost cooperation among the state’s industrial and research institutions and exploit the national manufacturing capabilities to promote local manufacturing of water desalination plant equipment.


Ingersoll to supply compressed air to the Chtouka desalination plant – Morocco

News on the Chtouka desalination water supply project. The Spanish company Abengoa, which is developing the project via its Moroccan subsidiary Aman El Baraka, has chosen Ingersoll Rand’s Engineering Project Solutions to install a compressed air system in the desalination plant.

This system will be integrated into the industrial process of the installation, including the seawater intake, the discharge of salt into the sea, the storage of drinking water in the tanks, and the cleaning of these tanks.

Ingersoll was chosen for its CompAir technology, which will also power the station’s pneumatic equipment, valves and some electrical controls.


Morocco invests USD 5.8 billion in renewable energy – Morocco

Morocco announced that it will invest MAD 52.1 billion (USD 5.8 billion) in renewable energy.

Major solar projects are underway in different cities, and the country is looking to meet over 52% of its electricity needs through renewable resources by 2030, as well as to become self-sufficient in the long haul.

Pictured above is the world’s biggest solar power plant, in Ouarzazate, Morocco.