North Africa

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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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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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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