Middle East

Egypt faces major challenge in balancing between water resources and needs: Minister – Egypt

Egypt is facing a major challenge in balancing between its water resources and needs, especially with around 97 percent of its water resources flowing in from outside its borders, Irrigation Minister Mohamed Abdel-Aty said on Sunday.

In a speech during the third edition of Cairo Water Week, Abdel-Aty said that Egypt cannot rely in filling the gap on underground water, which faces a risk of depletion.

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‘Be prepared’: With water scarcer, Egypt pushes farmers to use much less – Egypt

Hassan Abdel Salam knew he was wasting a lot of water every time he flooded his fields to irrigate his mango crop, but wasn’t aware of any alternative.

Then the farmer from northern Egypt learned about drip irrigation – putting tiny amounts of water just where it’s needed – through a new government scheme.

Now pipes with small holes snake around his 10-feddan (10-acre) farm, dripping water directly to the base of each plant.

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Desalination: Why the future of water innovation is informal and local – Mediterranean Sea

Israel, the Middle East and South Africa share a common fate of growing water scarcity in the face of growing water demand and the impact of climate change on water availability.

One of the greatest challenges the two regions face is the large percentage of the population that lacks access to water and wastewater infrastructure.

Lack of access or intermittent access to drinking water, sewage treatment and disposal and energy impede these populations’ abilities to improve their socioeconomic situation miring them in poverty.

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EBRD may finance ACWA’s 200 MW solar plant in Egypt with $54 million loan – Egypt

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development reports it is considering lending $54 million to Saudi energy giant ACWA for a 200 MW solar power plant it is building in the town Kom Ombo, in the Aswan governorate of southern Egypt.

The international financial institution said the lending may consist of senior debt financing of up to $40 million co-financed with other parties and an equity bridge loan of up to $14 million.

The 200 MW plant will be located in a vacant arid land 60 km north of Aswan city, adjacent to a 26 MW PV plant developed by the New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) and also approximately 17 km north of the 1.8 GW Benban solar complex, where ACWA Power has already developed 120 MW of solar.

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Egypt set to add 19 new desalination plants by 2022 – Egypt

Egypt is set to boost its water production capacity with the addition of 19 new desalination plants in a period of 18 months.

The desalination plants worth a total of LE11 billion ($690mn) will have a total daily production is 550,000 cubic meters.

They will be built in Nabq, Ras Sidr, Abou Zanima, Dahab, Nuieba, Arish 1, Arish 2, Arish 3, Arish 4, Sheikh Zowayed 1, Sheikh Zowayed 2, Sidi Barani expansions, western Port Said, Dabaa, Marina 1, Marina 2, Marbella, and New Mansoura. 

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Egyptian Ministry to provide financial guarantee for water sector – Egypt

The Egyptian Ministry of Finance will offer EGP 3 billion worth of financial guarantee to state-owned Holding Company for Water and Wastewater, according to an official statement.

The guarantee will help fund desalination projects in Hammam area in Marsa Matrouh as well as Safaga, El Quseir, and Marsa Alam in the Red Sea.

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Sisi directs to implement more water projects – Egypt

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el Sisi demanded more national developments to reduce water shortages, Spokesman of the Egyptian Presidency Bassem Rady announced.

This should include building desalination and water treatment stations at a total value of EGP 435 billion ($27.32 billion), Rady added.

El Sisi recently met with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, Minister of Housing, Utilities, and Urban Communities Assem el Gazzar, and Presidential Adviser for Urban Planning Amir Ahmed where he called for implementing and utilizing technology for water network stations.

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Egypt’s Posturing on the Nile poses Existential Threat to Ethiopia – Egypt

The Nile dispute between Ethiopia and Egypt is more than a technical disagreement on when and how the reservoir of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is filled or how the waters of the Nile are shared.

At the bottom, the dispute is driven by Egypt’s unyielding strategies desire to keep Ethiopia’s development in check to maintain the status quo regional balance of power in the Horn of the Africa and the Red Sea corridor.

Ethiopia’s stubborn stance is perplexing – Ethiopia

In spite of nine years of negotiations since Ethiopia took advantage of the chaotic Arab Spring to begin construction of the $4.6 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Blue Nile the concerned parties — Cairo, Khartoum and Addis Ababa — are still far from reaching an agreement on various technical and legal issues.

Time is now of the essence to agree a solution to avoid possible all out military conflict.

The largest hydroelectric power plant on the continent of Africa is a source of national pride for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmad who hopes to strengthen his nation’s electricity grid and plans to export electricity to neighbouring countries.

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Egypt’s parliament to discuss new financial laws Sunday – Egypt

Egypt’s House of Representatives will convene from Sunday to Tuesday to discuss 10 bills and two international agreements.

Most of the bills concern mitigating the negative economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on state coffers, as well as generating additional financial resources necessary to cut debts and plug the budget deficit.

The first draft law will earmark an additional allocation of EGP 80 billion to the new 2020/21 budget.

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