Abu Rawash Wastewater Treatment Plant (Cairo, Egypt)

In 2017, the Egyptian Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Development (MHUUD) awarded a contract for the design, construction, and operation and maintenance of the Abu Rawash Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) in Cairo (Egypt) to a consortium made up of Aqualia and Orascom. Each of the companies has a 50% stake in the consortium. When the plant is completed, with the support of FCC Construcción, it will serve 6 million people, making it one of the largest in the world.

The contract envisages the expansion of the original WWTP treatment line from 1.2 million m3/day to 1.6 million m3/day and the addition of biological treatment. Valued at US$320 million, this Design-Build-Operate (DBO) contract includes a
three-year operation and maintenance period.

Although the initial agreement with the Egyptian government envisaged a 20-year concession (including financing), the Egyptian economic situation made it advisable for the investment in the project to be assumed entirely by the state, and the original plan for a concession-type contract was abandoned.

This project forms part of the Egyptian government’s ambitious water and sanitation program and is supported by the African Development Bank, a multilateral organization whose purpose is to finance development projects on the continent of Africa.

Published in: #83 FuturENVIRO September – October 2021