Egypt signs MoU with Besix, Orascom for waste-to-fuel plant

Egyptian Ministry of Housing’s New Urban Communities Authority (NUCA) recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Belgian group Besix and Egyptian company Orascom Construction to build a waste-tofuel plant in west Cairo, as per a report in Mubasher. According to the public private partnership (PPP) agreement, the fuel produced by the facility will be used to power cement production plants.

The waste will come from the new cities under construction in Upper Egypt. The city is expected to accommodate 6.5 million inhabitants in the near future and all these people could produce a lot of waste, as per Afrik21 news. According to the agreement, the NUCA will contribute 10 percent of the project costs by providing land for the development of the facilities. NUCA will also provide the plant with the required feedstock which amounts to 2,000 tonnes of solid waste per day during the 15-year concession period starting from the date of commercial operation. It is the second PPP agreement signed by NUCA for the construction of a waste recovery plant in Egypt’s new cities.

Earlier in July, Saudi company FAS Energy signed an agreement with NUCA to develop a waste-to-energy project to serve new cities in east Cairo. As a first step, the company plans to build a plant that will incinerate waste by supplying 20 MW of electricity and investing $60 million, as per Afrik21. The NUCA has already agreed to allocate land to Fas Energy for the development of its facilities.