North Africa

Egypt to establish 14 new desalination plants to increase production to 1.4 mln cubic metres per day – Egypt

Egypt has already established 82 desalination plants with a combined capacity of 917,000 cubic metres per day.

Saad made his remarks following a meeting Thursday between Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and a number of ministers.

Madbouly stressed the importance of setting up more plants in coastal cities, given the importance of fulfilling local water needs for development purposes.


Securing water resources – Egypt

EIB is eyeing desalination projects in Egypt, water sector expert at the EIB Walid Salem said this week.

Coastal protection in Egypt is an area in which the EIB closely collaborates with the national authorities to identify potential investments in line with Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Principles, Salem told Al-Ahram Weekly.

These guide the use and sustainable conservation of oceans, seas, and marine resources.


Ministry begins implementing digital transformation; EIB eyeing role in seawater desalination plan – Egypt

Egypt’s Ministry of Public Enterprise Sector has announced that it has completed digital transformation projects in 15 companies.

Digital transformation of 56 firms is currently underway, it added.

In another development, healthcare startup Doxx has raised a significant amount in a seed funding round.


Rystad Energy analyses Egypt’s pipeline of green hydrogen projects worth $40bn – Egypt

COP27 host Egypt’s pipeline for green hydrogen projects stands at 11.62 gigawatts (GW), equivalent to over 1.57mn tonnes of green hydrogen, ranking the country in the top three green hydrogen pipelines globally, after Australia and on par with Mauritania, according to a new report by independent energy research and business intelligence company Rystad Energy.

The estimated cost for these hydrogen projects alone, without additional infrastructures, will be around $20bn.

The projects are expected to come online before 2035, according to Rystad Energy research.


The international exhibition for water purification, desalination and wastewater treatment kicks off – Egypt

The International Exhibition for Water Purification, Desalination and Sewage Treatment – WATREX Expo kicked off with the participation of more than 120 international and local companies in the field of water purification, in the presence of Dr. South Africa, Uganda, Rwanda, and Finland.

The participants praised the organization of the exhibition, stressing that it is the largest event in the field of water purification, desalination and wastewater treatment in Egypt, Africa and the Middle East, and is in line with the state’s policy at the present time, and the initiative of a decent life, stressing that the exhibition is a real opportunity to localize water technology inside Egypt.

After the opening, the ambassadors inspected the exhibition pavilions, especially the pavilions of the international companies participating in the exhibition, and stressed the quality of local products represented in pumps, valves and other modern technology for water treatment, purification and desalination, water pipes, stressing that Egypt has reached a great position in the field of technology water.


AEC to build seawater desalination plants in five cities – Algeria

Algeria’s drinking water production capacity is expected to increase thanks to new seawater desalination plants. On April 30, 2022, the Algerian Minister of Water Resources and Water Security, Karim Hasni announced plans to build five stations in several cities across the country.

The Algerian Energy Company (AEC), the subsidiary of the national company for research, production, transport, processing and marketing of hydrocarbons (Sonatrach) will implement the drinking water project. The city of Fouka 2 will host the first desalination plant.

The other four plants will be located in the cities of Oran, Boumerdès, El Tarf and Bejaïa during the second half of 2022. Each facility will have a desalination capacity of 300,000 m3 per day, for a total capacity of 1.5 million m3 for all the stations.


Egypt: Developing Sinai – Egypt

On Monday, President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi inaugurated the world’s largest wastewater treatment plant. Bahr Al-Baqar wastewater treatment plant, east of Port Said, will treat 5.6 million cubic metres per day which can then be used to irrigate agricultural land in Sinai.

Mohamed Ghanem, Irrigation Ministry spokesperson, said the plant aims to process two billion cubic metres of water annually “to contribute to the reclamation of between 400,00 and 500,000 feddans as part of the national project to develop Sinai and make optimal use of water resources”.

“Egypt’s water resources are estimated at 60 billion cubic metres per year, 55 billion of which come from the River Nile and five billion from rain and underground sources, forcing the government to look for other sources.


Egypt’s desalination plants capacity spikes to 917 km3/day from 80 km3/day in 2014: Ministry – Egypt

Capacity of seawater desalination plants in coastal cities has increased currently to 917,000 cubic meters per day from only 80,000 cubic meters per day in 2014, Deputy Minister of Housing for Infrastructure Affairs Sayed Ismail said.

Ismail made the statements during the launching ceremony of the recently announced partnership between the Egyptian Ministry of International Cooperation and CNN.

The country has established 82 desalination plants since 2014 and is working on constructing 14 new plants with a capacity of 518,000 cubic meters per day, Ismail said.


Egypt’s Water Minister, WB expert discuss modern irrigation systems – Egypt

Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Aty met on Saturday with Mari Pangestu — the Managing Director for Development Policies and Partnerships at the World Bank — and her accompanying delegation to review cooperation between the ministry and the World Bank in the field of using modern irrigation systems.

The meeting also dealt with coordination between the two sides to present the vision of the nexus between water and climate during the activities of the fifth edition of Cairo Water Week and the Water Pavilion, which will be setup within the activities of the UN Conference of Parties on Climate Change (COP 27), as well as cooperation between the two sides in supporting the Coalition of Water and Climate Leaders.

During the meeting, Mari praised the Egyptian state’s policy in the field of switching to modern irrigation systems as a measure that contributes to bridging the food gap and building flexible societies based on sustainable irrigation methods.


The start of tests on the Bateau Cassé water desalination plant – Algeria

The desalination project implemented at Bateau Cassé in Algeria has reached a new stage.

On the site of the construction site, located in the suburb of Bordj El Kiffan in Algiers, the efficiency and performance tests of the plant have begun.

The information comes from Algerian Energy Company (AEC), the subsidiary of the national company for the research, production, transport, transformation and marketing of hydrocarbons (SONATRACH).