FCC Aqualia wins Egyptian water treatment plant contract

Aqualia FCCFCC Aqualia-led consortium has been awarded a US$2.7bn tender for the design, construction and operation of the Abu Rawash treatment plant located in Egypt’s capital Cairo

The scope of the works includes the expansion of the biological treatment facilities in the current primary treatment plant with a capacity for 1.2mn cu/m and the scaling-up to 1.6mn cu/m of water treated daily.

The Abu Rawash contract falls within the scope of the ambitious action plan on water and sanitation issues experienced by Egypt.

According to the company, this is the second large-scale project that FCC Aqualia has carried out in the North African country after having been awarded in 2010 the design, construction and operation of the wastewater treatment plant in Cairo for a period of 20 years and is the first contract that was awarded in the country for a collaborative public-private partnership (PPP).

The plant, once fully operating, will provide service to 5.5mn people, making it one of the largest treatment plants worldwide.

The Egyptian Ministry of Urban Planning awarded the contract to the FCC Aqualia-led consortium via its subsidiary Aqualia New Europe, which is partially owned by the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The winning consortium also comprises Orascom Construction Industries, Veolia and ICAT.

The project is build-operate-transfer contract with an investment of more than US$561.5mn and expected total revenue throughout the concession reaching US$2.7bn. The project has a financial backing from the EBRD, the World Bank and the Egyptian Bank.

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