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Schneider Electric connects New Alamein desalination plant – Egypt

Schneider Electric is completing the works at the seawater desalination plant in New Alamein, a new town in north-west Egypt, which will be inaugurated by the government in 2018.

In this seawater desalination plant, the French industrial group has installed its EcoStruxure technology.

This solution is an open, interoperable, ready-to-use platform, compatible with IoT (Internet of Things), enabling the automation of the electrical network of the New Alamein desalination plant.

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Cairo bets on green energy desalination plants – Egypt

The energy-intensive nature of desalination plants is one of the main obstacles to investment in the sector, which is necessary in countries with an arid climate.

Egypt has been engaged for several years in a plan to exploit non-conventional water resources, in a context marked by increasing water stress.

The Egyptian government now wants to build desalination plants which will operate with electricity produced from renewable sources.

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Egypt is EBRD’s largest investment country through 2025 – Managing director for SEMED – Egypt

In its annual meeting held in October, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) approved its next five-year strategy, putting Egypt as the bank’s biggest investment country through 2025.

During her visit to Egypt in November, Managing Director for the EBRD’s Southern and Eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) region Heike Harmgart shared with Ahram Online in an exclusive interview the key pillars of the bank’s new strategy and how Egypt is expected to benefit from the scheme.

She also unveiled the amount of finances Egypt has received from the bank since the onset of the pandemic, including the private sector and the banking system.

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Egypt to partner with private sector in building four water desalination plants – Egypt

Egypt will announce four new seawater desalination plants in partnership with the private sector in January 2021, the Minister of Finance, Mohamed Maait, said.

A desalination plant will be established in Matrouh’s Hamam City with a capacity of 190,000 cubic metres per day and three other plants will be built in Safaga, El-Quseir, and Marsa Alam with capacities ranging between 20,000 and 40,000 cubic metres per day, Maait added in a statement on Thursday.

The country is planning to establish 19 seawater desalination plants between 2020 and 2025 to make the best use of water resources and achieve sustainable development, he pointed out.

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The Red Sea Project passes $2 billion contract milestone – Egypt

The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) has revealed it has awarded more than 500 contracts to international and local firms – totalling around $2 billion – since its flagship regenerative tourism initiative, the Red Sea Project, was announced in July 2017.

At a specially arranged press conference held today, the firm said that these contracts had included awards for the design, build and operation of state-of-the-art accommodation and facilities at the Red Sea Project, adding that it expects a roll-out of new contracts by the end of 2020 to take aggregate commitments to a total approaching $4 billion.

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Egypt’s Sisi inaugurates a host of national projects in Sinai – Egypt

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi attended on Saturday the opening ceremony of the King Salman International University in the resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh.

The university comprises 15 faculties distributed among its three branches in El-Tor, Ras Sedr, and Sharm El-Sheikh cities, and can accommodate over 25,000 students, according to a video played during the inauguration. 

The president opened the two other branches in El-Tor and Ras Sedr via video-conference.

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Al-Sisi directs TSFE to maximise value of state assets – Egypt

(MENAFN – Daily News Egypt) President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi directed, on Sunday, The Sovereign Fund of Egypt (TSFE) to maximise the value of state assets whose ownership was transferred to the Fund.

He also ordered the government to ‘to present the best alternatives for re-employing those assets to achieve optimal benefit, successful management, and higher return.’

Al-Sisi’s remarks came during a meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, Minister of Planning and Economic Development Hala El-Said, Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat, and Executive Director of TSFE Ayman Soliman.

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Almar water and HA Utilities BV take over key desalination assets in Egypt – Egypt

Almar Water Solutions, Abdul Latif Jameel Energy’s dedicated water solutions unit, and HA Utilities BV (HAU), part of Hassan Allam Holding (HAH), have finalized a deal with the Ridgewood Group, taking ownership of assets with a total desalination capacity of 82,440 cubic meters of drinking water per day, from 58 desalination plants located across Egypt.

The deal was closed under the joint venture between Almar Water Solutions and HA Utilities BV, announced in 2019, and created to provide sustainable water infrastructure solutions to both municipal and industrial clients across Egypt.

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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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