The Holding Company for Water and Waste Water (HCWW) is preparing to offer a tender for the selection of the consultant of the development project of Kitchener Drain in Gharbiya governorate.
The company’s chairperson, Mamdouh Raslan, informed Daily News Egypt that they are preparing a prospectus for the selection of the consultant. After it is completed, it will be sent to the sponsors of the development project to obtain a letter of no objection to the tender.
He explained that the final agreement was signed with the sponsors of the project and presented to the Council of Ministers. The first tranche of loans will be disbursed during the first half of this year.
The project is financed by the European Investment Bank with €214m, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development of with €148.3m, and a grant of €46m from the Neighbourhood Investment Facility (NIF). The total funding for the project is €400m.
The project is based on three axes, including the collection and treatment of wastewater, solid waste management, and rehabilitation of the drain infrastructure.
Raslan pointed out that the project includes the rehabilitation of nearly 24 existing sewage treatment plants, the expansion of 6 sewage plants, the establishment of one sewage plant and the establishment of a centralised sewage collection systems.
In addition, it includes the construction of a modern structure, in cooperation with the best international experience, to improve the health and environment of about 11 million citizens in 180 villages in the provinces of Gharbiya, Dakahlia and Kafr El Sheikh, and to support the purification of wastewater to be reused safely in irrigation and agriculture.
Since 2006, the government has been working to solve the crisis of the drainage issue until President Abdel Fattah Sisi assigned the government to work to resolve this crisis and to provide the necessary funding by international institutions. The ministry of investment and international cooperation secured €400m from these institutions to solve this problem as soon as possible.