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Abu Rawash Waste Water Treatment Plant Expansion Project

  • OnGoing Project
  • Egypt
  • Industrial Projects., Sewerage & Wastewater

This project involves expansion of the Abu Rawash waste water treatment plant in Egypt. The project is about Design-Build-Operate-Transfer (DBOT) contract for expansion of an existing waste water treatment plant from 1.2 million cubic meters a day (cm/d) to 1.6 million cm/d. The selected private developer will sign a 20-year PPP agreement for design, financing and construction of a secondary treatment stage, sludge management facilities and co-generation unit. Ministry of Finance is currently carrying out technical due diligence on the project. he Abu Rawash project is planned to expand the capacity of the existing, as well as the construction of an advance secondary treatment stage. The scheme has faced several delays since it was first launched. The Central Unit initially produced a list of prequalified companies allowed to bid to build the plant in early, but due to delays resulting from the political uprisings and changes in specifications, the project owner decided to restart the process earlier this year. The dropping of the PPP structure for the project is a blow for Egypt's planned PPP programme, with the Abu Rawash scheme having been the first PPP scheme launched revolution and was regarded as a key trailblazing project for the rest of the country's prospective PPP programme. Cairo has faced a number of challenges with planned PPP in the power and water sectors due to currency issues and disputes over international arbitration clauses in contracts.

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