Water Opportunities in Egypt

An Expert's View about Water Treatment in Egypt

Posted on: 28 Sep 2010

The Egyptian government allocated funding to upgrade and build various modern irrigation systems and to improve the infrastructure in order to enhance water and sanitation coverage throughout the country

Sector briefing Water Opportunities in Egypt Why Egypt? Egypt lies in the north-eastern corner of Africa, and is strategically located as a major trade and crossroads destination between Europe, the Middle East, Africa and west and south Asia. It is the centre of a region of 800 million people. Egypt?s north coast is on the Mediterranean, while the Red Sea rounds the eastern coast. It is an attractive location for foreign companies to expand their business in the region and has a stable economic, political and infrastructure environment. Egypt?s ambitious development and An increase of 40% in the amount of clean industrialisation activities and high population water produced daily is essential. The main aim (80 million in 2009, expected to double by for the Egyptian Government is to raise 2020) with density along the Nile Valley and production capacity from 20 million cubic Delta, have all resulted in a heavy burden on metres per day to 28 million cubic metres per the country?s natural resources. This adversely day. It costs about 80 piaster to produce a litre affects public health as well as the environment of clean water and each litre is provided to the in the form of water scarcity, declining water citizen at no more than 40% of its actual cost. quality, land degradation, increasing air pollution, untreated urban and hazardous The government's target is to achieve 100% waste disposal, and poorly protected cultural water coverage by the year 2017 100% and natural heritage. wastewater coverage by 2022 as well as upgrade the capacity, service standards and The water and wastewater sector is very large cost recovery of operation & maintenance and growing rapidly. The Egyptian government services. has allocated funding to upgrade/build modern irrigation systems and improve the Total investment is expected to be LE 65 billion infrastructure in order to enhance water and which will be financed by the government, sanitation coverage throughout the country. private sector, and foreign sources. The aim is to provide water and sanitation services to 217 The new economic and social development cities and 4600 villages in Egypt. This target five-year plan focuses on infrastructure means increasing potable water production to projects, including water and sanitation 28 million m3/day, and wastewater treatment projects. The total number of projects in the 5- to 16m3/day. year plan (2007-2012) is 31 water and 40 wastewater projects. Egypt needs to invest LE 80 billion over the next 10 years to complete its sanitary Daily production of potable water in Egypt is drainage sector. Chairman of the Holding Co. now 21 million cubic meter with daily losses for Potable Water & Sanitary Drainage, due to leakage from the network or to unauthorised access ranging 30%-40%. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Water opportunities in Egypt Whereas every effort has been made to ensure that the information given in this document is accurate, neither UK Trade & Investment nor its parent Departments (the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office), accept liability for any errors, omissions or misleading statements, and no warranty is given or responsibility accepted as to the standing of any individual, firm, company or other organisation mentioned. Published 2010 by UK Trade & Investment. Crown Copyright © announced that the service currently covers The water and wastewater sector receives only 55% of the governorates requirements. several financial aids and loans from the World Bank, the EU and different countries as support The key issue for the authorities is the in order to implement their projects. Donor selection of technologies, which saves on land countries include the Italy, USA, Japan, Spain, & energy and maximises local manufacture Germany, Netherlands, France and Denmark. component. ?The Egyptian government In order to attract more private investment, allocated funding to upgrade the government established the Egyptian Water Regulatory Agency (EWRA) to supervise and/or build various modern water and wastewater provision, and the irrigation systems and to Holding Company for Water and Wastewater improve the infrastructure in (HCWW) to provide water and sanitation services in a more streamlined structure. order to enhance water and sanitation coverage HCWW awarded contracts for the operation and throughout the country?. maintenance of 19 potable water and sanitary drainage stations in both Sharkiya and Gharbiya Governorates. Contracts include 14 stations in Sharkiya Governorate and 5 stations in Gharbiya Governorate. Another issue is the future operation and maintenance of such facilities upon completion. Recent developments in Egypt are also concerned with private participation processes. Egypt is engaged in several mega projects like Toshka, North Sinai and South Valley. Egypt has placed a fiscal stimulus package of LE 200 million (approx. £23 million) to support water and wastewater projects. Various projects will be announced shortly and the Government will seek private sector participation in operating, maintenance, replacement of plants & networks in different provinces, and in connecting houses with networks. Recently, Egypt launched its first public-private partnership (PPP) project in the New Cairo Wastewater Treatment Project. Egyptian authorities are now looking for foreign companies to introduce new technology in this sector. International firms are monitoring these developments, so as not to miss out on what appears to be a highly promising avenue for investment. Over the last decade Egypt financed most components of projects through grants and loans provided by foreign countries as UK, USA, Italy, Canada, Holland and France. This trend is likely to continue for sometime until other means of finance for projects is developed. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Water opportunities in Egypt Whereas every effort has been made to ensure that the information given in this document is accurate, neither UK Trade & Investment nor its parent Departments (the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office), accept liability for any errors, omissions or misleading statements, and no warranty is given or responsibility accepted as to the standing of any individual, firm, company or other organisation mentioned. Published 2010 by UK Trade & Investment. Crown Copyright © Opportunities There is real scope for UK companies but they If you have any questions on the opportunities need to invest in research and cultivating in this sector, contact the UKTI Egypt contacts relationships now. Egyptian authorities are named in this report. Business opportunities looking for the latest foreign technology but aimed specifically at UK companies are added are unsighted on the latest development. regularly to UKTI?s website. These leads are sourced by our staff overseas in British International firms should consider looking at Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates, Egypt, so they do not miss out on what across all sectors and in over 100 markets. appears to be a highly promising avenue for investment. You can be alerted to Egypt?s water and wastewater opportunities on a regular basis by Opportunities for UK companies in the water registering on the UKTI website. Find out more and wastewater sector in Egypt are broad, on UKTI?s business opportunities service on the covering every area of expertise from UKTI website technology and equipment supply to consulting and project management. Potential areas include: ? Water & wastewater treatment plants ? Treatment equipment and chemicals ? Desalination systems ? Sludge treatment ? Consultancy services ? Industrial wastewater treatment ? Filtration and purification equipment ? Leak detection equipment ? Irrigation systems and infrastructure ? Know-how to produce electromechanical parts ? Pumps and valves ? Centrifugal potable and raw water pumps ? Submersible and drainage wastewater pumps ? Chemical dosing pumps for water treatment plants ? Coastal protection equip, consultancies to prevent shoreline erosion ? Cooling towers for water ? Design and construction of sanitary landfills, ? Equipment for recycling plants ? Education and vocational training in operation, maintenance and water resource management. ? Education and training in protecting Water Rivers, canals UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Water opportunities in Egypt Whereas every effort has been made to ensure that the information given in this document is accurate, neither UK Trade & Investment nor its parent Departments (the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office), accept liability for any errors, omissions or misleading statements, and no warranty is given or responsibility accepted as to the standing of any individual, firm, company or other organisation mentioned. Published 2010 by UK Trade & Investment. Crown Copyright © Major events and activities UKTI contacts In the UK Wafaa Saad ? WEFTEC Annual Water Environment Adviser, Trade & Investment Federation?s Technical Exhibition and British Embassy Cairo Conference: 10-14 Oct 2010 Tel: (00202) 2791 6000 ? WQA Aquatech USA, (International Fax: (00202) 2791 6130 exhibition & conference on water Email: wafaa.saad@fco.gov.uk technology): 09-12 Mar 2011 Website: www.ukti.gov.uk ? Sustainability Live! trade show, UK May (TBC) Gary Hunt Deputy Director, Trade & Investment In Egypt British Embassy Cairo ? AQUATHERM - EGYPT: March 2011 Tel: (00202) 2791 6000 ? The BIG Four - April 2011 Fax: (00202) 2791 6130 Email: gary.hunt@fco.gov.uk Website: www.ukti.gov.uk Find full details of all events in this country and sector on the UKTI website. New export events are added daily to the site and you can register to be alerted to them on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. UKTI?s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) provides grant support for eligible Small & Medium Sized Enterprises (SME's) to attend trade shows overseas. Find out more about UKTI support for attendance at overseas events UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Water opportunities in Egypt Whereas every effort has been made to ensure that the information given in this document is accurate, neither UK Trade & Investment nor its parent Departments (the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office), accept liability for any errors, omissions or misleading statements, and no warranty is given or responsibility accepted as to the standing of any individual, firm, company or other organisation mentioned. Published 2010 by UK Trade & Investment. Crown Copyright © Next steps - How UKTI can help British companies wishing to develop their business in the Egyptian market are advised to undertake as much market research and planning as possible in the UK. UKTI?s team in Egypt, with its wide local knowledge and experience, can provide a range of services to British-based companies wishing to grow their business in global markets. This can include: ? Provision of market information ? Validated lists of agents/distributors ? Key market players or potential customers in the Egyptian market ? Establishment of interest of such contacts in working with you ? Arranging appointments ? Organise seminars or other events for you to meet contacts and promote your company in the Egyptian market This work is available via our Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS) a chargeable service which assists British-based companies wishing to enter or expand their business in overseas markets. To find out more about commissioning this work, or accessing other UKTI services and specialist advice, please visit the UKTI website to find contact details for your local UKTI office. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Water opportunities in Egypt Whereas every effort has been made to ensure that the information given in this document is accurate, neither UK Trade & Investment nor its parent Departments (the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office), accept liability for any errors, omissions or misleading statements, and no warranty is given or responsibility accepted as to the standing of any individual, firm, company or other organisation mentioned. Published 2010 by UK Trade & Investment. Crown Copyright ©
Posted: 28 September 2010

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