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ACWA Power signs power purchase deal for Egypt’s 200MW Kom Ombo solar plant – Egypt

The PPA was signed by Rajit Nanda, chief investment officer at ACWA Power, and Sabah Mashaly, chairman of the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company, in the presence of senior executives from ACWA Power and delegates from the Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy.

Construction is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2021. Once operational, the plant is expected to cater to the power needs of 130 thousand households, in addition to offsetting 280 thousand tonnes of CO2 per year.

“We are keen to leverage renewable energy sources through transparent competitive procurement, which will cater to the country’s current clean energy needs while simultaneously safeguarding our future,” Mohamed Shaker, minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Egypt.

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ACWA Power awarded two 125MW solar projects in Ethiopia – Ethiopia

ACWA Power won the bid for the plants during the first round of Ethiopia’s solar programme organised under the new PPP law.

ACWA Power and Ethiopia Electric Power (EEP), the state-owned electricity producer, and the Ministry of Finance signed a letter of intent. The entities will proceed to sign a long-term power purchase agreement for the projects at US$2.52 cents/kWh over a time span of 20 years before the end of 2019.

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South Sinai to introduce ZLD plants beginning with Sharm El Sheikh – Egypt

South Sinai contemplates introducing water treatment plants operating in the Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) system in parallel to adding more desalination plants while improving the efficiency of existing ones.

For that purpose, Chairman of South Sinai Water Company Abdel Hamid Ahmed Hamdy met with Minister of Military Production Mohamed Said al-Assar and CEO of International Desalination and Water Treatment (LLC) (IDWT) Nabil al-Maraghy.

Hamdy said the governorate plans to build a ZLD water treatment plant in Sharm El Sheikh in order to render sewage water suitable for irrigation. The project will be accomplished by the ministry’s Qaha Company for Chemical Industries (Military Factory 270) and IDWT. The daily capacity of the plant is 6,000 cubic meters.

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Leaders of Egypt and Ethiopia to meet on Nile dam standoff – Egypt

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Sunday he would meet Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in Russia to discuss a dispute over a hydropower dam that the Horn of Africa country is building on the River Nile.

A long-running diplomatic standoff over building and operating the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam has heightened tensions between the two countries. Egypt worries that the dam will threaten its already scarce water supplies.

“I agreed with the Ethiopian prime minister to meet in Moscow and to discuss the issue to move forward, and God willing, things will go in a way that helps to solve this issue in one way or another,” Sisi said at a military forum on Sunday.

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Egypt’s parliament forms an ad hoc committee to discuss GERD – Egypt

The committee will review the measures necessary to protect Egypt’s rights in Nile water.

Egypt’s Parliamentary Speaker Ali Abdel-Aal told MPs in a plenary session Wednesday that an ad hoc committee will be formed to discuss the future of negotiations with Ethiopia on the issue of its Renaissance Dam.

“The committee will be headed by deputy speaker Soliman Wahdan, and it will be entrusted with studying the government’s positions and statements on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and then review measures necessary to protect Egypt’s rights in Nile water,” said Abdel-Aal.

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Acwa Power may build desalination plants in Egypt – Egypt

CAIRO – 27 September 2019: Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly met on Friday with Chairman of Acwa Power Mohamed Abdullah Abou Neyan operating in the sectors of desalination and renewable energy to examine possibilities of establishing new desalination plants in Egypt.

The prime minister pointed out in the meeting, attended by Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Mohamed Shaker, that Egypt seeks to count on desalination to supply drinking water to coastal areas.

Madbouly stated that the government has recently introduced a number of desalination plants that produce more than three million cubic meters daily, and that there is a need for plants having similar total capacity.

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Egypt’s Sisi issues presidential decree approving loan to build 4 desalination plants in South Sinai – Egypt

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has issued decree no. 83 of 2019 approving a loan agreement between the Egyptian government and the Kuwaiti Fund for Arab Economic Development.to build four sea water desalination stations in South Sinai.

The 15-million-dinar agreement was signed in Sharm el Sheikh on 8 December, 2018.

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Egypt to build solar power plants in 7 African countries – Egypt

Egypt has announced plans to construct solar plants across seven African countries as part of their commitment to help the continent in its development process and improve the renewable energy performances of those countries.

The Arab Organization for Industrialization (AOI), one of the largest industrial organisations in Egypt, will launch solar power plants in Uganda, Congo, Tanzania, Eritrea, Somalia, and South Sudan, with capacities ranging from 2 to 4 megawatts.

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How 1,500 Nuclear-Powered Water Desalination Plants Could Save The World From Desertification

About 20% of the world’s population has no access to safe drinking water, and this number will increase as the population continues to grow and global freshwater sources continue to decline. The worst-affected areas are the arid and semiarid regions of Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.

UNESCO has reported that the freshwater shortfall worldwide will rise to 500 trillion gallons/yr by 2025. They expect water wars to break out in the near-future. The World Economic Forum says that shortage of fresh water may be the primary global threat in the next decade.

But 500 trillion gallons/year only requires about 1,500 seawater desalination plants like the ones being built in California and Saudi Arabia. At a billion dollars a pop, that’s a lot cheaper than war and starvation.

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Egypt’s government mulls establishing joint desalination projects with private sector – Egypt

The government is considering implementing joint desalination projects with the private sector, with a capacity of 150,000 cubic metres per day.

Government sources told Daily News Egypt that various companies have submitted proposals to implement joint water desalination projects, adding that negotiations between the Egyptian government and interested companies to begin next month.

Among these companies are Spanish Aqualia, French Schneider Electric, Swiss AquaSwiss, and Egyptian Metito.

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