ABU RAWASH, Egypt - Spanish infrastructure group FCC has secured a $320 million contract to expand the Abu Rawash wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) in Egypt.
To serve six million people, the project capacity will be expanding from 1.2 million m³/day to 1.6 million m³//day, with the addition of biological treatment.
Under a design, build & operate (DBO) arrangement, the contact all includes a three-year operation and maintenance period.
The consortium also includes the Construction Authority for Potable Water and Wastewater (CAPW) and Orascom Construction.
Although the initial agreement with the Egyptian government included a concession for 20 years (including financing), the economic situation in Egypt made it advisable for the investment in the project to be assumed entirely by the Egyptian state, abandoning the original idea of a concession type contract.
The Abu Rawash contract is part of the ambitious programme for water and sewerage actions by the Government of Egypt and has the backing of the African Development Bank.
This is the third major project undertaken by FCC Aqualia in Egypt after it was chosen in 2010 to design, build, finance and operate for 20 years the New Cairo wastewater treatment plant.
In 2016, the Egyptian Ministry of Defence awarded FCC Aqualia the project for the El Alamein desalination plant. Located on the Mediterranean coast in an area of growing tourist development, the plant will treat 150,000 m3/day.