Egypt’s Construction Authority for Potable Water & Wastewater will only issue a formal request for bids on its planned wastewater treatment project at 6 October City once the country’s public-private partnership (PPP) law has been enacted, a senior source on the project tells MEED.

The PPP Law will be enacted by June this year at the latest under the government’s current timeframe. A formal request for proposals on the wastewater deal had originally been expected in the first quarter of the year, after companies were prequalified to bid on the project in February.

In the meantime, the authority will work with draft bid documents and will conduct one-to-one meetings with the prequalified firms (MEED 8:2:10).

Potential bidders include:

  • Mohamed Abdulmohsin al-Kharafi & Sons (Kuwait)
  • Orascom Construction Industries (Egypt)/Aqualia (Spain)/Aqualia Infrastructure and Fomento de Construcciones Y Contratas (Spain)
  • Samcrete (Egypt)/Inima (Spain)/Icat (Egypt)
  • Mitsui & Company (Japan)/Atlatec (Mexico)
  • Veolia Water (France)
  • GS Engineering & Construction Corporation (South Korea)
  • AAW Utilities (Egypt)/Befesa (Spain)/Emasesa (Spain)/Siac Industrial Construction & Engineering Company (Egypt)
  • Acciona Agua (Spain)
  • Samsung Concessions (South Korea)
  • Aktor Concessions (Greece)

The winning bidder will finance, design and build a 150,000-cubic-metre-a-day (cm/d) wastewater treatment plant as well as operating and maintaining a 100,000 cm/d plant which is already under construction.