Egypt steps up desalination plant building programme
The Engineering Authority of the Armed Forces (EAAF) of Egypt has unveiled plans for three new desalination plants, as a fourth is approved for Matruh seaport, reports Egyptian business paper Al Mal.
The new plants announced by major general Kamel al-Wazir, head of EAAF, comprise three 150,000 m3/d capacity facilities in Al Alamain, Al-Jamila, and East Port Said, involving “large French and German companies”. Al-Wazir also re-confirmed delivery of a 164,000 m3/d plant in northwest Gulf of Suez, in Ain Sokhna, which is expected to complete in 2018.
Further, governor of Matruh, Alaa Abu Zeid, approved plans for a new seawater desalination facility in Najila. The project is for an initial 5,000 m3/d, with the potential to double capacity, and has a budget of EGP 150 million ($8.3 million). Additionally, a pipeline of 6.5 kilometres to convey desalinated water to the region’s main drinking water network will be built at a cost of EGP 14 million.