17 consortia prequalify to build desalination plants in Egypt

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A total of 17 construction consortia have pre-qualified to build 21 sea water desalination plants in Egypt.

Egypt announced plans to build the plants, worth US$3 billion last year.

The Sovereign Fund of Egypt (TSFE) said it aimed to attract foreign and local strategic investors with the objectives of developing, constructing and operating the plants while powering them using renewable energy sources.

It also wants to localise manufacturing of key desalination components.

TSFE is part of a special committee formed through a decree issued by the Prime Minister of Egypt, comprised of the various stakeholders in Egypt’s water desalination program.

The committee oversees the whole pre-qualification and the tender processes.

TSFE has retained the services of The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to support in structuring and implementing the first batch of water desalination projects in partnership with the private sector, which entails retaining technical and legal consultants, as well as running necessary environmental and social impact assessments studies.

The 17 consortia are:

Category Capacity Qualified consortiums/developers
Category A Up to 1,000,000 m3/day

1) ACWA Power

2) Sumitomo Corporation

3) Enertech Holding Co, Utico FZC, SEPCO

4) Concrete Plus, Abengoa, Cuasar

5) Infinity Energy, GS Inima, China Energy Engineering Corporation


7) Sacyr Agua

8) TAM Environmental Services, Desalia SL, Al Ahly Capital

9) Orascom Construction, Scatec, Toyota Tsusho Corp, Acciona Agua, Metito Utilities

10) Hassan Allam Holding, Engie

11) Meridiam Infrastructure Africa Fund II, Suez International, Elsewedy Electric

Category B Up to 600,000 m3/day

1) AMEA Power Ltd, Safbon, ICAT

2) Aqualia, Globaleq, Ignis, Samcrete

3) Taqa Arabia, Al Ghanem International

4) Beijing Enterprises Water Group Ltd, Asia-Africa Green Energy Investment

Category C Up to 400,000 m3/day

1) Sinohydro Hong Kong Holding Ltd, Qingdao Desalination, SEPCO III Electric Power

Category D Up to 200,000 m3/day

1) Desal Egypt, EMCO Engineering, Amarenco Solarize Egypt, Redcon Construction


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