Egypt’s Construction Authority for Potable Water & Wastewater (CAPW) has extended the bid deadline to 17 April for the contract to expand the Toukh water and wastewater treatment plant in the Kalioubiya governorate.

This is the second time that the CAPW has extended the bid deadline. The original submission date was 15 January.

The contract will involve the extension of water pumps and pipelines, as well as other associated electromechanic work. Upon completion of the expansion work, the Toukh plant is expected to produce a total of 68,000 cubic metres a day (cm/d) of potable water.

The CAPW is pushing ahead with several schemes to expand and upgrade Egypt’s water and wastewater networks. In October 2013, the authority awarded a contract to a consortium of the local Hassan Allam Construction, Spain’s Acciona and Germany’s Passavant to build the Gabal el-Asfar plant. The consortium, led by Hassan Allam Construction, had submitted the low bid for the deal in August 2012.

The Gabal el-Asfar project will have a catchment area covering the middle and lower parts of the eastern part of Cairo, which currently houses about 8 million people. The project will take four years to complete.

Egypt is also planning to build a public-private partnership (PPP) wastewater treatment plant at Abu Rawash. The CAPW prequalified four groups for the contract to build the facility in May 2013.