North Africa

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.


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.


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.


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 .


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.


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.


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.


Ingersoll to supply compressed air to the Chtouka desalination plant – Morocco

News on the Chtouka desalination water supply project. The Spanish company Abengoa, which is developing the project via its Moroccan subsidiary Aman El Baraka, has chosen Ingersoll Rand’s Engineering Project Solutions to install a compressed air system in the desalination plant.

This system will be integrated into the industrial process of the installation, including the seawater intake, the discharge of salt into the sea, the storage of drinking water in the tanks, and the cleaning of these tanks.

Ingersoll was chosen for its CompAir technology, which will also power the station’s pneumatic equipment, valves and some electrical controls.


Morocco invests USD 5.8 billion in renewable energy – Morocco

Morocco announced that it will invest MAD 52.1 billion (USD 5.8 billion) in renewable energy.

Major solar projects are underway in different cities, and the country is looking to meet over 52% of its electricity needs through renewable resources by 2030, as well as to become self-sufficient in the long haul.

Pictured above is the world’s biggest solar power plant, in Ouarzazate, Morocco.


Ingersoll Rand secures Morocco desalination plant order – Morocco

Abengoa, a major multi-national infrastructure company working in the energy and water sectors, has signed up Ingersoll Rand’s Engineering Project Solutions team to design a tailored compressed air system for the Agadir-Chtouka desalination plant in Morocco, with the latest CompAir technology providing the perfect solution.

Ingersoll Rand is a global leader in compression technologies and services based in Ireland.

Water plants depend on high-quality instrument air and service air to be exceptionally clean and free of contaminants such as moisture and particles.