Water mains supply contract worth $40m awarded in Egypt

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The Construction Authority for Potable Water and Wastewater (CAPW) of Egypt has awarded ACCIONA Agua – in a consortium with the International Consultants for Agency & Trade S.A.E (ICAT) Group – the contract for the operation and maintenance of the infrastructures that supply mains water to New Cairo.

Average annual revenues from the four-year contract amount to US$10 million, making the total associated revenues around US$40 million, around 30 million euros.

The water infrastructures to be managed will capture water from the River Nile, transport it 40 kilometers, and then treat it in a potable water plant with a daily capacity of 500,000 cubic meters (m3). The system consists of two 2.6-meter diameter pipes each that run for 42 kilometers, plus three pumping stations. The pipes can transport up to 1,000,000 m3/day as far as the potable water plant, and from there to the regulating reservoirs.

New Cairo is a new city built in 2000 as a satellite of Cairo around 30 kilometers east of Egypt’s capital in what was previously complete desert. It is now home to international university campuses, and the city’s estimated final population will be around three million.

It is the third contract for the company in Egypt. The company was recently awarded a 120- million-euro contract for the extension of the wastewater treatment plant at Gabal Al Asfar, on the outskirts of Cairo.

Other projects in Egypt include the wastewater treatment plant of Abnoub & el Fath (with a capacity of 80,000 m3/day to cover the needs of around 750,000 people) and the one at Kattaneya: 100,000 m3/day for one million people. It has also built five potable water stations - Almerya, Rod el Farag, Mostorod, North Helwan I and North Helwan II – with a total capacity of over 600,000 m3 for an estimated population of 6.1 million.

Last year Acciona won a tender for the construction of the potable water plant in Ntoum 7 (Libreville, Gabon) and at the end of 2012 another potable water plant at Oum Azza to improve water supplies to the coastal areas of Rabat-Casablanca. The latter was carried out in a consortium with the Moroccan construction company EMT.

In 2011 the company put a water desalination plant at Fouka (Algeria) into service. It produces 120,000 m3/day of water to supply 500,000 people in the area of Zeralda and western Algiers.

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