Egypt is planning to develop four new water treatment plants under the public-private partnership (PPP) model.

Details of the four projects, which have not previously been announced, were revealed by Atter Ezzat Hannoura, director for PPP Central Unit, Ministry of Finance, Egypt, at the MEED Mena Water conference in Abu Dhabi on 8 June.

“We received notification from the Ministry of Housing and Utilities and Prime Minister’s office a few days ago that four water treatment plants will be developed as PPP [projects],” Hannoura told the conference.

Hannoura said that the projects will be fast-tracked and that the tendering process will begin in the fourth quarter of 2015.

“At least two of them will be [tendered] in the fourth quarter of this year, and the other two in January 2016,” added Hannoura.

Two of the plants will have a potable water treatment capacity of 70,000 cubic metres a day (cm/d), one will have a capacity of 90,000 cm/d and the largest plant will have a capacity of 150,000 cm/d.

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