EU assigns €61.5 million for building Egypt’s Al Gabal Al Asfar sewage treatment plant.

Egypt’s Minister of International Cooperation, Rania Al Mashat, has finalized a financial agreement with the French Development Agency (AFD) for a total of €50 million, along with an extra grant of €1.5 million.

The partnership is aimed at providing support for the completion of the third phase of the Al Gabal Al Asfar Wastewater Treatment Plant, which is situated in Cairo and is recognized as the largest wastewater treatment plant in the Middle East and North Africa, handling 1,800,000 m3/day, according to Hassan Allam Holding.

Al-Mashat also supervised the signing of an additional grant pact between the European Union (EU) and AFD, amounting to €10 million. Consequently, the combined funding for the project now reaches €61.5 million.

The implementation of the third phase of the wastewater treatment plant will enable it to process an additional one million cubic meters of wastewater daily, and by 2040, the upgraded plant is anticipated to cater to approximately 17.5 million citizens.

By utilizing tertiary treatment technology, the plant has the capability to produce water suitable for irrigation and generate biogas, meeting 80 percent of its electricity requirements.

Al-Mashat emphasized that water projects account for 20 percent of Egypt’s development cooperation portfolio.

Source :Egypt Today

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