EGYPT: EIB loan approved for Alexandria wastewater treatment plant

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ÉGYPTE : approbation d’un prêt de la BEI pour la station d’épuration d’Alexandrie ©Michael Dechev/Shutterstock

The Egyptian parliament has approved the use of a loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB). The funding is for the West Alexandria wastewater treatment plant extension project.

The Egyptian Minister for International Cooperation recently announced that parliament has approved three European Investment Bank financing agreements in Egypt. Of the EUR 122.5 million allocated by the European Investment Bank, 120 million euros is intended to finance the project to extend the wastewater treatment plant in Western Alexandria.

The EIB granted its loan in January 2020. The objective of the project supported by the European bank is to extend the treatment plant by adding new units to treat at least 600,000 m3 of wastewater per day. Secondary treatment will be provided to the wastewater, thus allowing it to be reused. The treated water can thus be used later for the maintenance of green spaces in the city of Alexandria or for agriculture.The European Investment Bank (EIB) estimates that with a capacity of 600,000 m3 per day, the wastewater treatment plant in Western Alexandria could meet the needs of the populations in its coverage area until 2050. The current project “will contribute to the depollution of Lake Maryout and the Mediterranean Sea while potentially providing an additional source of water, thereby improving the economic situation of the region,” says the EIB.

The Western Alexandria wastewater treatment plant was built on an area of ​​13.6 hectares. It covers an area currently populated by more than 1.3 million people. Up to now with a capacity of 460,000 m3 per day, it only performs wastewater treatment in one step: decantation with primary sedimentation. The water is then discharged via the Al-Omoum drainage channel, adjoining the port of Alexandria. The total cost of the West Alexandria wastewater treatment plant expansion project is estimated at € 184 million.

Jean Marie Takouleu

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