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Contract awarded for Africa's largest WwTP

A €120M-plus contract for the largest wastewater treatment plant (WwTP) in Africa has been awarded by Egypt's Construction Authority for Drinking Water & Wastewater (CAPW). Acciona Agua will undertake the expansion of Gabal Al Asfar WwTP on the outskirts of Cairo jointly with German company Passavant-Roediger and Hassan Allam Construction, one of Egypt's largest construction companies.

Signing of the contract that will create the largest wastewater treatment works in AfricaSigning of the contract that will create the largest wastewater treatment works in Africa

The project includes the design, construction and commissioning of the WwTP as well as its operation and maintenance for two years. It is expected that the works will take about three years.

The plant will have a treatment capacity of 500,000m3/d and will cater to the needs of the eastern part of the Egyptian capital, equivalent to a population of about 8M people. After construction of the new facility is completed, the whole Gabal Al Asfar complex will have a treatment capacity of 2.5Mm3/d and will become the largest WwTP in Africa and the Middle East, and the third largest in the world.

Recently the Spanish water treatment specialist also won the tender for the construction of the drinking water treatment plant (WTP) Ntoum 7 in Gabon. In late 2012, in partnership with the Moroccan construction company EMT, it was awarded the contract for the Oum Azza WTP to strengthen supply to the coastal zone of Rabat-Casablanca.

Acciona Agua already has several projects in Egypt. Among the most significant ones are the Abnoub & el Fath WwTP, with a capacity of 80,000m3, and the 100,000m3 Kattaneya WwTP. It also operates five WTPs with a total capacity of more than 600,000m3 for an estimated population of 6.1M people. 

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