Posted: Thursday 17th September 2015

The water management subsidiary of FCC Group is leading a consortium on the financing, design, construction and operation for a 25-year period.

An FCC Aqualia-led consortium has been awarded the tender for the design, construction and operation of the Abu Rawash treatment plant located in El Cairo (Egypt). The plant, once fully operating, will treat 1.6 million cubic metres of water daily and will provide service to 5.5 million people, making it one of the largest treatment plants worldwide. It is the largest contract awarded in the history of the water management subsidiary of FCC, considering that it will involve a business portfolio for the consortium worth 2.4 billion euros.

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

It is a build-operate-transfer contract with an investment of more than 500 million euros and expected total revenue throughout the concession reaching 2.4 billion euros. The project has solid financial backing from the EBRD, the World Bank and the Egyptian Bank.

The scope of the investment works includes the expansion of the biological treatment facilities in the current primary treatment plant with a capacity for 1.2 million cubic metres and the scaling-up to 1.6 million cubic metres of water treated daily.

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

This is the second large-scale project that FCC Aqualia has carried out in Egypt, after having been awarded in 2010 the design, construction and operation of the wastewater treatment plant in New Cairo for a period of 20 years. Located in the capital of Egypt, it was the first contract that was awarded in the country for a collaborative public-private partnership (PPP).

The improvement of sanitation and water purification systems is one of the goals set by the United Nations in its Millennium Development Goals (MDG).

FCC Aqualia, a company specialised in the design, construction and operation of all types of sanitation infrastructure, operates 320 wastewater treatment plants in four continents. In this regard, the company significantly helps to improve the quality of life in areas where it works.

Along with its experience in sanitation and purification projects, the company works on different R&D&I initiatives to apply new technologies to these processes.

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