FCC Aqualia, the water management subsidiary of Spain’s FCC Group, has signed a $320m contract for the design, building and operation of the Abu Rawash wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) in Cairo, Egypt.
Once completed the facility will treat 1.6 million cubic metres daily and serve more than six million people. The project will be delivered in collaboration with FCC ConstrucciÃ³n.
FCC said the economic situation in Egypt necessitated changing a previous agreement with the Egyptian government, which involved a 20 year concession.
Egyptian contractor Orascom is part of the consortium, and the African Development Bank is financing project.
The contract includes a three-year operation and maintenance period. The initial agreement with the Egyptian government included an operating concession for 20 years but the economic situation in Egypt led the government to seek to maintain direct control of the scheme.
This is the third major project undertaken by FCC Aqualia in Egypt after it was chosen in 2010 to design, build, finance and operate for 20 years the New Cairo wastewater treatment plant (pictured). Located in the capital of Egypt, this was the first contract awarded in the country as a public private partnership (PPP).
Image: The New Cairo wastewater treatment plant built and operated by FCC Aqualia (FCC Aqualia)