Interruptions to water supplies are common after eight years of near-anarchy since Muammar Gaddafi was ousted, but a wider crisis is now coming to a head in a country made up mainly of arid desert and split between competing administrations.
In western Libya, finding clean water has become difficult because both the power grid and water control system have been damaged in an offensive by forces loyal to eastern-based Khalifa Haftar on Tripoli, where the U.N.-backed government is based.
Mohamed Mamdouh Abbas, the managing director of the company, told Daily News Egypt that Intro Energy will be implementing a solar energy plant with a capacity of 20MW in Sharm El-Sheikh with the net metering system and a solar power plant with a capacity of 10MW in favour of a group of hotels, in addition to a solar plant with a capacity of 5MW for a hotel in Sharm El-Sheikh.
He explained that the net metering system includes installing a digital meter able to calculate the net usage, so that the current coming from the electricity grid and the generated current from the solar power plant can be calculated using a compensation system between production and consumption.
The deal was awarded by the Egyptian government through its Armed Forces Engineering Authority. The JV will provide engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services for the Bahr Albaqar wastewater treatment plant located in the north-western part of the country.
This will be Egypt’s largest wastewater treatment plant with a capacity of 5 million cu m/day and will be used for irrigation purposes. According to Orascom Construction, scope of work also includes operating and maintaining the facility for five years.
Informed sources told Daily News Egypt that the bids received by the government to buy a cubic metre of water from desalination plants ranged between EGP 17-20, which are more than double of the prices that the government wants to contract, which is between EGP 5-7.
The Engineering Authority of the Armed Forces was paid EGP 1.3bn by the Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone) as part of the cost of establishing a seawater desalination plant in the southern area of SCZone.
The announcement was made by the Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, Mohamed Abdel Aty on the sidelines of the Beirut Water Week in Lebanon, which opened its doors on Monday, April 8, 2019.
On Jan. 14, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly attended the construction launch of the Green River project, worth 9 billion Egyptian pounds ($501.8 million), in the $45 billion new administrative capital. Seven construction companies are working on the project, which involves hundreds of workers.
Madbouly said during the ceremony that the man-made river will link a series of the new administrative capital’s “smart,” modern neighborhoods and will feature a chain of gardens making up one of the most distinctive botanical parks in the world.
Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) said it has signed a deal with Egyptian government to provide funding worth KD15 million ($50 million) for the construction of four water desalination plants in South Sinai region of the country.
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi inaugurated on Saturday six housing projects and three water plants. The president visited Mahrousa 1 social housing project in Al Jabal Al Asfar in Daqahliyah governorate, which is part of Greater Cairo, while inaugurated the rest via video conference.
The other social housing projects are located in Al Asher Min Ramadan City, New October City, and 3,348 residential units in Cairo’s Badr City, and South Sinai. That is in addition to Ahalina 1 social housing project in Salam city in Cairo.