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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
The Egyptian government has taken unprecedented interest in seawater desalination, especially with the continuing failure of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) negotiations and Ethiopia’s completion of 75% of the dam construction.
Egypt has used Russian expertise, in cooperation with the Arab Organization for Industrialization (AOI), the Egyptian armed forces’ Engineering Authority and the University of Alexandria, to promote the local production of seawater desalination.
During talks between the Russian Rusnano Group, the AOI and the Engineering Authority held via video call Jan. 22, Abdul Menhem al-Toras, head of the AOI, underlined the importance of exploiting local industrial capacities to cement domestic production and localize the technology of manufacturing the tools of water desalination stations.
Egypt is looking to Russian expertise to help improve the quality of locally produced seawater desalination devices and technologies, with the hope of setting up a specialized factory as part of the partnership between the two countries.
“With this cooperation, we aim to increase the manufacturing of seawater desalination plants equipment and components with Egyptian national expertise,” the head of the Arab Organization for Industrialization, Abdel Moneim El-Terras, was quoted as saying.