North Africa

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.

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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Egypt sets 5-year seawater desalination plan at $2.8bln cost – Egypt

The Egyptian Ministry of Housing’s Holding Company for Water and Wastewater (HCWW), New Urban Communities Authority (NUCA), and General Organization for Physical Planning announced a five-year plan between 2020 and 2025 for expanding in seawater desalination plants across the country as part of a plan for water conservation.

The most populous Arab nation aims to establish and develop 47 seawater desalination plants with a combined capacity of 2.44 million cubic metres per day (cmpd) at a total cost of EGP 45.18 billion, according to the plan reviewed by Mubasher.

The plan covers 10 governorates; namely, North Sinai, South Sinai, Port Said, Ismailia, Suez, Red Sea, Dakahlia, Kafr E-Sheikh, Beheira, and Matrouh.

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Egypt- Untouched natural splendours and wildlife at Nabq Protected Area – Egypt

Sinai’s most famous national park, the sandy Ras Mohammad peninsula, is situated at the far southern tip of the region, edging out into the Red Sea,

The Nabq Protected Area is one of the lesser-known Sinai Tourists Attractions, although it remains to be seen how long this will continue.

This is especially as it is just a short drive away from popular tourist areas, such as Sharm El-Sheikh.

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Egypt builds the world’s biggest agricultural drainage treatment plant – Egypt

HE President AbdelFattah El Sisi officially inaugurated the Al Mahsamma agricultural drainage treatment, recycling and reuse plant in Egypt’s Ismailia Governorate on Thursday. Worth about $100 million, the project is the largest of its kind in the world.

With a capacity of one million cu. m. per day, built on an area of 42,000 sqm., the project has been developed by a joint venture (JV) comprised of Metito and Hassan Allam Construction under the supervision of the Armed Forces Engineering Authority.

The JV’s scope of work includes engineering, construction, operation, commissioning and operation and maintenance for a period of five years.

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Acwa Power contributes $0.34mn to support tahya misr fund’s efforts in combating covid-19 – Egypt

ACWA Power – a leading energy and water desalination provider – has donated EGP 5.5 million ($0.34mn) to Tahya Misr Fund with an aim to support the Egyptian government’s efforts in mitigating the impact of Covid-19.

The contribution reinforces ACWA Power’s social commitment to supporting the relief and prevention measures of the countries it operates in, and safeguarding the health and safety of its communities.

The EGP 5 million pledge to Tahya Misr Fund will be directed towards the purchase of ventilators and RT-PCR detection kits to boost the testing capacity for COVID-19 across Egypt.

Energy Recovery Wins $8.3M of Egyptian Water Projects – Egypt

Energy Recovery, Inc. (ERII) today announced awards of USD $8.3M to supply its PX® Pressure Exchanger® devices (“PX”) and related equipment and services to multiple desalination projects in Egypt.

“Energy Recovery prides itself on being a trusted partner to the desalination industry, and we remain dedicated to serving our customers as we adjust to the impacts of COVID-19.

The reputation of our PX and its lifetime value proposition are unmatched, and we are focused on fulfilling orders from existing inventory as well as booking new orders. Desalination plants are a critical part of the fresh water infrastructure of many countries, and we are proud to play our part in delivering affordable, clean water to the people of Egypt,” said Robert Mao, Energy Recovery Chairman and Interim President and Chief Executive Officer.

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Energy Recovery wins $8.3 million of Egyptian water projects – Egypt

Energy Recovery announced awards of USD $8.3M to supply its PX Pressure Exchanger devices (PX) and related equipment and services to multiple desalination projects in Egypt.

“Energy Recovery prides itself on being a trusted partner to the desalination industry, and we remain dedicated to serving our customers as we adjust to the impacts of COVID-19.

The reputation of our PX and its lifetime value proposition are unmatched, and we are focused on fulfilling orders from existing inventory as well as booking new orders. Desalination plants are a critical part of the fresh water infrastructure of many countries, and we are proud to play our part in delivering affordable, clean water to the people of Egypt,” said Robert Mao, Energy Recovery Chairman and Interim President and Chief Executive Officer.

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Egypt evaluating solar desalinators – Egypt

The government has signed a memorandum of understanding with Saudi energy company ACWA Power to conduct a feasibility study for an unspecified volume of renewables-powered desalination projects.

ACWA Power has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with two Egyptian government departments relating to the evaluation of a series of renewable energy-powered water desalination projects.

The agreement outlines plans for a preliminary study followed by an initial feasibility study for desalination projects at undisclosed locations in Egypt which would be powered by solar, wind or a combination of the two.

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ACWA Power signs MoU to enhance Egypt’s water desalination sector – Egypt

ACWA Power signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Housing; Utilities & Urban Communities represented by the New Urban Communities Authority; Holding Company for Water and Wastewater (HCWW); and Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy represented by Egyptian Electricity Holding Company, to conduct preliminary and feasibility studies for a series of water desalination projects in Egypt.

The projects will be powered by solar and wind, or a combination of both renewable energy sources, the Saudi-based utilities provider said in a statement.

Upon completion, the studies will be submitted to the Ministry of Housing, Utilities & Urban Communities and Egyptian Electricity Holding Company.

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