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Stantec to lead $508m Egypt wastewater development programme

CAIRO, June 2, 2020

Stantec, a leading international professional services company in the design and consulting sector, said a consortium led by the company has won a contract from Egyptian Holding Company for Water and Wastewater (HCWW) to help improve access to sanitation services through wastewater infrastructure for communities in the country's Fayoum governorate. 
 
As per the deal, Stantec will act as the project implementation support and contract supervision consultant to manage the large-scale construction programme for expansion of wastewater treatment, water reuse capabilities and the system sewerage network.
 
The Fayoum Wastewater Expansion programme, worth €456.5 million ($508 million), 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 Neighbourhood Investment Facility, and the Egyptian government. 
 
The governorate of Fayoum is in a rural, developing region about 90 km southwest of Cairo. It is in close proximity to Lake Qarun – the third largest lake in Egypt and one of the most important tourist attractions in the country. 
 
In lesser populated areas of the region, coverage of sanitation services is low, and more than half of the communities are not connected to a centralized wastewater network, said Stantec in its statement. 
 
This lack of access results in raw sewage being discharged directly to the agricultural drains and Lake Qarun – which is the area’s main freshwater resource – causing significant environmental, economic, and social harm, it added.
 
As per the deal, Stantec will be responsible for design services related to network infrastructure and wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs), procurement support, project implementation support, development of a training plan, capacity building, contract management, and construction supervision services. 
 
Establishing system implementation and ongoing support to the HCWW and Fayoum Company for Water and Wastewater (FWWC) is key to this partnership, said the Canadian company.
 
The Phase One of the programme will see expansion of sewer services in 119 underserved rural areas in Fayoum. This phase includes construction of four new WWTPs, expansion of seven, rehabilitation of 10, and decommissioning of six existing ones. 
 
It will also include building of 256 km of new pressurised rising mains, 2,334 km of sewer lines and 100 new sewage pumping stations. These measures will increase access to sanitation to 75.6 percent and benefit 700,000 people. 
 
The second phase will help an additional 41 underserved villages, with the potential to improve the lives of 240,000 more people – bringing total sanitation access to 86 percent of the region’s population.
 
“We are proud to lead this consortium to implement this EBRD-led program that promises to have a positive impact on the community of Fayoum,” remarked Dr Murat Sarioglu, Operations Director and Project Director at Stantec. 
 
“The Egyptian government and the development institutions have prioritized access to clean water, and we are honoured to leverage our experience and expertise in water and wastewater infrastructure engineering to provide greater access to sanitation services, support the growth of the region, and alleviate environmental and public health concerns,” he added.-TradeArabia News Service



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