A consortium of Passavant-Roediger GmbH - a wholly owned German subsidiary of Drake & Scull International (DSI) PJSC, Acciona - Spain’s leading private developer and manager of infrastructure, renewable energy, water and services, and Hassan Allam Sons - Egypt’s largest construction and property group, has won an AED 545 million contract to expand the Gabal Al Asfar Waste Water Treatment Plant (GAAWWTP) on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. The new deal affirms Passavant’s growing presence in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and will sustain its momentum in the area. The new contract was signed at the Arab Contractors Club in Cairo, in the presence of H.E. Ibrahim Mahlab, Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Development; Zeinab Mounir, Managing Director, Construction Authority for Potable Water and Waste Water (CAPW); Hassan Allam, CEO, Hassan Allam Sons; Jose Diaz, Director, Acciona and Dr. Mazen Bachir, Managing Director, Passavant-Roediger.
Under the terms of the agreement awarded by the Construction Authority for Potable Water and Waste Water (CAPW), (the body responsible for water and wastewater investment in Great Cairo and Alexandria), the Hassan Allam led consortium will build a primary and secondary wastewater plant with the volume of 500,000 cubic meter of wastewater per day to raise the total daily treatment capacity at the site up to 2.5 million cubic meters. Passavant’s contract value for the construction and set up of the Stage 2 of Phase 2 of GAAWWTP development is AED 179 million. The project is expected to be completed in four years, and the consortium will oversee the operation and maintenance of the plant two years post completion.
The GAAWWTP project is one of the most prestigious wastewater treatment plants in the world with a catchment area covering the middle and lower parts of the Eastern Cairo, which currently houses about 8 million people, with 785,000 people located in close proximity downstream of the plant.
Dr. Mazen Bachir, Managing Director, Passavant-Roediger, said: “Passavant’s core vision is inspired by the desire to provide modern, high quality public infrastructure services to people, which is also cost effective at the same time. The Stage 2, Phase 2 of GAWWTP project is part of an on-going programme aimed at addressing the national issue of reuse of wastewater. Our consortium was awarded the bid based on the strength of our wastewater treatment technology, including anaerobic sludge digestion, which give us clear framework and strong resources to undertake a project of this stature.
We constantly strive to develop tailored concepts to cater to the growing international water and waste water industries. Our ever-growing reputation as the world leader in anaerobic sludge digestion results in optimal energy and consumables consumptions during operation, whilst upholding the requirements for the highest quality of product water for re-use. The new GAAWWTP will benefit 8 million people living in the region, improve the quality of drainage water, and reduce pollution. Egypt is an important market for our expansion plans in the MENA region and we hope to leverage DSI’s reputation and our own global experience to deliver high quality water treatment solutions to the people of Egypt as well as the MENA region. We will be looking to also bring our specialised Turbo-LME process to the water treatment sector in Egypt, after our continued success with this technology world-wide, including our latest project in Thu Duc, Vietnam, catering to an excess of a million people, by providing 300,000 m3 per day of highly purified river water to drinking water quality”.
DSI acquired Passavant-Roediger in 2009 to enhance its capabilities in the region’s water and wastewater sector. Passavant-Roediger is a leading global developer of wastewater, water and sludge treatment technologies, with operations across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The company delivers comprehensive in-house solutions for the design, supply, build, operations and maintenance, wastewater and water treatment facilities and is one of the leading Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC), Wastewater and Water Treatment (WWT) and Re-Use Design and Build Contractors Worldwide.