Middle East

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 .

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Reuse of treated wastewater: North Africa and SUEZ set an example – Africa

“Valuing water”. This is the theme chosen for the celebration of World Water Day on March 22nd, 2021. In Africa, this slogan makes sense insofar as water management has become a major issue in view of climate change.

Several countries are now faced with water stress, which is now affecting several regions, notably North Africa and the Near East. This phenomenon is linked to drought, itself caused by global warming.

According to the United Nations, about 3 billion people are expected to face water stress by 2025. To deal with this phenomenon, water specialists such as SUEZ recommend the use of treated wastewater, which is not yet sufficiently exploited in Africa, for water-consuming activities such as agriculture or for recharging groundwater, which in both cases provides a new natural filtering barrier. Other possible uses include watering green spaces and industrial uses.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Is current desalination infra enough to fight Middle East’s water stress? – Middle East

The depletion of natural water sources along with reducing ground-water level has pressurised countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to diversify their water resources, while the influx in population leads to a constant surge in the demand for fresh water.

The scenario has resulted in the rise of desalination projects across the region.

As governments move away from their long-standing reliance on natural water resources, an aggressive development of desalination infrastructure has become inevitable.

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Egypt finalises 689 housing projects with $4.6bln investment in last two FYs – Egypt

Minister of Planning and Economic Development Hala El-Said said that 689 projects have been completed in the housing sector across Egypt.

This has come at a total investment cost estimated at EGP 72.6bn, of which 310 projects during fiscal year (FY) 2019/20 cost EGP 24.3bn.

It comes as part of the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development’s report on the housing sector during fiscal years (FYs) 2018/19 and 2019/20.

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