North Africa

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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East Port Said water desalination plant reaches 95% completion – Egypt

Construction of East Port Said water desalination plant has reached 95% completion, head of East Port Said City Authority Alaa Manei said.

The desalination plant will have a capacity of 150,000 cubic metres per day, with plans to be expanded in the future to a capacity of 250,000 cubic metres per day to serve about 500,000 people, he added in a statement on Tuesday.

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EBRD, Egypt discuss developing country’s water desalination sector – Egypt

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) discusses with the Egyptian government developing the country’s water desalination sector, said Heike Harmgart, Managing Director for the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) region at the Bank.

“We want to potentially prepare a number of desalination plants on a public–private partnership (PPP) basis in the same manner we prepared the 6th of October Dry Port Project which was recently awarded to a large private sector consortium,” Harmgart added.

Interestingly, EBRD’s interest in developing Egypt’s desalination sector is in line with the country’s efforts to face water shortage issues through alternative solutions due to the shaky outcomes of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) negotiations.

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Onee to build new desalination plant in Laâyoune – Morocco

The National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water (Onee) will build a new seawater desalination plant in Laayoune. The plant will strengthen the drinking water supply in the capital of Western Sahara.

A new seawater desalination plant will be built in Laâyoune, the capital of Western Sahara, a territory in North Africa under Moroccan rule. According to Morocco’s National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water (Onee), which is implementing the project, the aim is to strengthen the city’s drinking water supply.To this end, the future plant will have a capacity of 26,000 m³ per day.

The installation will be accompanied by three storage tanks with a cumulative capacity of 5,500 m³. Onee will also build pumping stations to facilitate the delivery of water to households in Laâyoune.

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Experts say Med Sea altered by Suez Canal’s invasive species – Egypt

As Egypt marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Suez Canal, marine biologists are bemoaning one of the famed waterway’s lesser known legacies — the invasion of hundreds of non-native species, including toxic jellyfish and aggressive lionfish.

The canal, which connects the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, revolutionized maritime travel by creating a direct shipping route between the East and the West. But over the years, the invasive species have driven native marine life toward extinction and altered the delicate Mediterranean ecosystem with potentially devastating consequences, scientists say.

The influx has increased significantly since Egypt doubled its capacity in 2015 with the opening of the “The New Suez Canal,” raising alarm in Europe and sparking criticism from various countries along the Mediterranean basin.

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Egypt Sovereign Wealth Fund Signs MoU with Hassan Allam Holding Regarding Infrastructure – Egypt

The Egypt Sovereign Wealth Fund signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Hassan Allam Holding, an engineering and construction group. The MoU entails joint investment in areas such as power, water desalination, renewable energy, and infrastructure in Egypt.

Both parties will also work to find foreign co-investors to commit capital to these projects. Egypt has its own Vision 2030 plan which lies under the control of the country’s Ministry of Planning and Economic Development.

Hassan Allam Holding was formed in 1936 and is a major contractor in the Middle East with subsidiaries in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Libya, and Algeria. Hassan Allam Holding earlier acquired PGESCo, an international engineering and project management that has a focus on energy projects.

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Laayoune To Get Second Seawater Desalination Station Before End of 2020, Head of ONEEP

Laayoune – The city of Laayoune will get, before the end of 2020, a second seawater desalination station with a capacity of 600 L/s to meet the needs of the population until 2030, announced director general of the National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEEP) Abderrahim Hafidi.

Hafidi, who took part on Friday in Laayoune in the board of directors of the Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra water basin agency, said that this project is an addition to the first sea desalination station inaugurated in 1995, with a capacity of 300 L/s.

In a statement to MAP, he added that a second project will start soon in Laayoune and concerns the construction of a wastewater treatment station with a capacity of 18,000 m3/day, explaining that this project will be completed in 2020 and will give a strong impetus to the development of this city, notably the development of green areas.

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Desalination Has a Waste Problem – Africa

The waste product from desalination is growing too large to ignore, argues a paper from a United Nations think tank that provides the first estimate of global brine production from desalination.

Producing fresh water in the driest parts of the world by removing the salt from sea water is resulting in a deluge of brine, especially in the Middle East and North Africa.

The amount of brine generated by the world’s nearly 16,000 desalination plants is 50 percent larger than earlier assumptions, according to researchers at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment, and Health.

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Egypt ranks Africa’s 1st country in water desalination – Egypt

Egypt ranks first in Africa and 11th in the world in terms of the scientific publishing in the water desalination field, the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research said on Tuesday 31/12/2019.

In a statement, the ministry added that Egypt is Africa’s third country in researches published in the field of smart agriculture.

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Schneider Electric’s total investments in Egypt reach $200mln – Egypt

Schneider Electric’s total investments in Egypt would touch $200 million by end-2019, the company chairman said.

Jean-Pascal Tricoire told Thomson Reuters Projects that the company’s investments span a 10-year period.

“Egypt is our regional hub serving the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Africa regions. We have invested in resources to serve many sectors ranging from smart buildings and smart grids to desalination plants,” he said.

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