A consortium of three international companies has signed a AED 545m contract to expand the Gabal Al Asfar Waste Water Treatment Plant (GAAWWTP) on the outskirts of Cairo, an official statement by the companies read.
The consortium is led by Egypt’s Hassan Allam Sons Construction and also includes Passavant-Roediger, a subsidiary of Dubai’s Drake & Scull International (DSI) and Accioma, a Spanish private infrastructure, renewable energy and water services company.
“The consortium will build a primary and secondary wastewater plant with the volume of 500,000 cubic meter of wastewater per day to raise the total daily treatment capacity at the site up to 2.5 million cubic meters,” the statement read.
The new contract was signed at the Arab Contractors Club in Cairo, with Ibrahim Mahlab, Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Development, Zeinab Mounir, managing director of the Construction Authority for Potable Water and Waste Water (CAPW) along with Hassan Allam, the CEO of Hassan Allam Sons, the director of Acciona Jose Diaz and Mazen Bachir, managing director of Passavant-Roediger.
The project is set to be complete in four years and the consortium companies will oversee the operation and maintenance of the plant for two years after its completion.
“Stage 2, Phase 2 of the GAWWTP project is part of an ongoing programme aimed at addressing the national issue of reuse of wastewater,” Bachir said, adding that the contract value for the construction and set up of this phase is AED 179m. “Our consortium was awarded the bid based on the strength of our wastewater treatment technology, including anaerobic sludge digestion, which give us clear framework and strong resources to undertake a project of this stature.”
The new GAAWWTP project is said to serve 8 million people living in the region. The new plant expansion will also improve the quality of drainage water and reduce pollution.