Egypt’s East Delta Electricity Production Company (EDEPC) has invited companies to submit bids for the contract to supply and install electrical equipment for a 650MW thermal power plant in Suez.

The Suez Power Plant will run on gas and oil and will cost an estimated $550m to build. It will be financed by the African Development Bank (ADB). The submission date for bids is 8 January 2013.

The power scheme is one of a number of utilities projects planned in Egypt to cope with the country’s rapidly growing population.

The Cairo and Alexandria Potable and Wastewater Agency (CAPW) is currently evaluating bids for the contract to build the second phase of the Gabal el-Asfar Wastewater Treatment Plant in Cairo.

CAPW received bids from three groups in August for the contract to build the 500,000-cubic-metre primary and secondary wastewater plant. The water agency has prequalified two of the three bidding consortiums on the technical proponents of their bids and is currently assessing the proposals from both groups.

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 is scheduled for completion in 2016.