ACCIONA completes the construction of the Bahr-al Baqr wastewater treatment plant in Egypt, the biggest in Africa

ACCIONA has completed the construction of the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) at Bahr-al Baqr, in Egypt. It is the largest in Africa and one of the biggest in the world. The opening ceremony for the plant, held on September 27, was attended by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah-el Sisi and Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouly, among other authorities. Located in northwest Egypt, the Bahr-al Baqr plant has a capacity of 5.6 million m3/day. 

It has four treatment lines with a capacity of 1,250,000 m3/day each, and is equipped with advanced mechanisms for the pumping of raw water, coagulation, flocculation, settling, filtration and disinfection to produce good-quality water for irrigating crops in the surrounding area.

The treated water will be used to irrigate 140,000 hectares of cropland along the banks of the Suez Canal and provide a solution to the risk of pollution due to discharges of municipal wastewater and others from agriculture and industry.

ACCIONA has participated in the project as a technological partner in a temporary joint venture consisting of The Arab Contractors and Orascom Construction. The contract was awarded in 2019 following a tender called by the Ministry of Defence of Egypt, with financing from the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD) and the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development.

As a technological partner, ACCIONA has undertaken the process engineering, the electromechanical equipment, the supervision of assembly operations and the commissioning of the plant, guaranteeing the specified quality and treatment parameters and selecting and supervising the teams and processes in the plant. 

ACCIONA in Egypt

ACCIONA has developed major water treatment projects in Egypt in recent years.

It currently treats water from the River Nile and transports the resulting drinking water to reservoirs for distribution in New Cairo, one of the new cities on the outskirts of Cairo. It has also built five drinking water treatment plants with a capacity of more than 600,000 cubic metres per day, providing a service to 6 million people.

In the field of wastewater treatment, in 2018 ACCIONA completed the extension of the Gabal El Asfar plant on the outskirts of Cairo. The increase of 500,000 m3/day raised the plant’s capacity to 2.5 million cubic metres per day. 

ACCIONA has also built the wastewater treatment plants at Abnoub y el Fath (80,000 m3/day) and Kattameya (100,000 m3/day).

The company is also active in the services sector in Egypt. ACCIONA Cultural Engineering is responsible for the technical development and museographic implementation of four areas of the new Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo, with a total surface area of 12,000 square metres.

In the energy sector, ACCIONA Energy has built three proprietary photovoltaic plants in alliance with Swicorp’s renewable platform. The three plants, located in the Benban complex in the Aswan region, have a total capacity of 150 MW.