The government of Egypt is set to begin the implementation of the Fayoum wastewater expansion project following the selection of Stantec, as the Project Implementation Support and Contract Supervision Consultant.
The Canadian design and consulting services provider was appointed by the Egyptian Holding Company for Water and Wastewater (HCWW) after it emerged as the best bidder for the over US$ 506.9m project.
The scope of the work
Stantec, according to the contract will be in charge of the design of infrastructure and wastewater treatment plants, procurement, and project implementation support, development of a training plan, capacity building, contract management, and construction supervision services.
The first phase of the program will see the expansion of sewer services in 119 underserved rural areas in Fayoum through the construction of four new wastewater treatment plants, expansion and rehabilitation of seven and 10 already existing plants, and decommissioning six more. The project will also include the construction of approximately 256 kilometers of new pressurized rising mains, 2,334 kilometers of sewer lines, and 100 new sewage pumping stations. This stage will increase access to sanitation to 75.6 percent and benefit over 700,000 people.
On the other hand, the second phase will benefit 41 more underserved villages, and it is projected to improve the lives of 240,000 more people and bring the total sanitation access in the regions to 86 percent.
The project financiers
The Fayoum Wastewater Expansion program is being financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and co-financed by the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Union’s Neighborhood Investment Facility, and the government of the Arab Republic of Egypt.
The project is a part of a wider set of measures put in place by the Egyptian government to address the challenges the North African country faces in regard to sanitation coverage.