Egypt and Kuwait sign $98.6M deal for desalination plants

Vania Goncalves 6 Jun 2016 AFRICA ENERGY & UTILITIES

The Government of Egypt and the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development have signed a loan agreement of $98.6M for the construction of five desalination plants in Southern Sinai, Egypt.

The project will aim to meet the demand for potable water in some towns in the South of Sinai, as well as in existing residential settlements, and other settlements due to be established, in the Sinai Peninsula.

The five plants will process water from the Red Sea and other related works.

One of the plants, to be located in the town of El Tor, will have a daily capacity of 20,000cb m, while the other four plants, to be located in Ras Sidr, Abu Zenima, Dahab and Nuwaiba, will each have a capacity of 10,000cb m per day.

The development includes the supply of electricity to the plants and the installation of pipelines with a total length of about 42km and diameters ranging between 500–800mm for transmission of the desalinated water to storage tanks, and pipelines with a total length of about 183km and diameters ranging between 200–500mm for transmission of water from the tanks to the nearby settlements.

Additionally, it will also involve the construction of eight pumping stations and the necessary networks for distribution of water inside the settlements.

The project is expected to be complete by the end of 2019.

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