Djibouti unveils wind-powered desalination plant

DJIBOUTI – French group Eiffage, via its subsidiary Eiffage genie civil, in partnership with Tedagua, a Spanish company specialising in water treatment and a subsidiary of the Cobra group, have constructed a wind powered solar desalination plant in Djibouti. The plant will improve the supply of drinking water in this country in the Horn of Africa, which faces persistent water stress. The seawater desalination plant was inaugurated on March 14th, 2021 by Djibouti’s president, Ismaïl Omar Guelleh. The plant is powered by a nearby wind farm and is one of…

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German firm Boreal commissions desalination wastewater treatment systems in Kenya

KENYA – German start-up Boreal Light has commissioned desalination and wastewater treatment systems in several hospitals in Mombasa County, Kenya. The installations are part of a programme implemented in partnership with the Kenyan company WaterKiosk and the Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG), a subsidiary of the German Development Agency (KfW). The programme aims to install 28 desalination systems for health facilities in Kenya and Tanzania. The company will also provide systems that treat wastewater from health facilities and such plants are important in hospitals treating Covid-19 cases on a daily…

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AfDB, Egypt ink US$130m financing deal for sanitation services in rural areas

EGYPT – African Development Bank (AfDB) has inked a development financing deal worth €109 million (US$130.12m) with Egypt’s Ministry of International Cooperation that aims to provide sanitation services in residential communities in Luxor’s rural areas. According to the deal, AfDB will provide €108 million (US$128.93m) alongside a €1 million (US$1.19m) grant to the project which will benefit 22 thousand homes in Luxor. The financing will also go to building on the capacities of workers at the Potable Water and Sanitation Company in Luxor. Minister of International Cooperation Rania Al-Mashat said…

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Senegal secures US$138m from EIB to improve supply of drinking water

SENEGAL – The European Investment Bank (EIB) is set to provide US$138.39 million (€114.5 million) in financial support to improve the drinking water supply and promote integrate solid waste management in Senegal. The support will strengthen the country’s resilience to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and other future pandemics as climate change exacerbates the urgency of the situation. By focusing on secondary cities, the Bank is supporting Senegal’s efforts to achieve balanced development across the country, reducing geographical disparities to ensure greater regional equity. Sustainable cities are an absolute necessity given…

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French environmental group Suez to operate Gabal El Asfar wastewater treatment plant

EGYPT – Suez, a French group specialised in water and waste management, has been chosen by the Egyptian client Construction Authority for Potable Water and Wastewater (CAPW) to operate and maintain the Gabal El Asfar wastewater treatment plant in Cairo. The 4-year, €40 million contract will be executed in partnership with the Egyptian company Arab Contractors (ArabCo). Suez’s share in this envelope amounts to 28 million dollars. These funds will notably finance the operation and maintenance of two wastewater treatment lines with a capacity of 500 000 m³ per day…

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Afreximbank to invest US$1.3b in Angola on water supply project

ANGOLA – Afreximbank president Benedict Oramah, has announced that the bank will invest US$1.3 billion to support development initiatives including a project to supply drinking water to Luanda from Bita. The funds will be invested in priority projects for the country, notably the Lobito rail corridor project, which will require an investment of US$3 billion and the drinking water supply project for the capital Luanda, the cost of which is estimated at US$900 million. The project is a mega drinking water initiative, and also one of the most important on…

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Lesico to begin construction of water supply in Ghana after securing US$102m

GHANA – Lesico, one of the leading Israeli infrastructure companies, has announced that all the preconditions for the execution of the construction and upgrade of a water supply facility in Ghana for 85 million euro (US$102.30m) have been met.  The company received a down payment of approx. 13 million euro (US$15.65m). The project, one of few projects that the company have signed in the past through its subsidiary, includes planning and execution of an upgrade and construction of a water supply facility for the Ghana national water company, and includes…

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Jospong Group secures US$60m from Hungary for construction waste water treatment plants

GHANA – The Jospong Group of Companies, a diversified holdings companies, has signed a contract worth €50 million (US$60.5m) with the government of Hungary for the construction of wastewater treatment plants in Tamale in the Northern Region and Takoradi in the Western Region. The projects will be funded by the EXIM Bank of Hungary. The Executive Chairman of the Jospong Group, Mr Joseph Siaw Agyepong, signed for his company, while the Hungarian Ambassador to Ghana, Mr András Szabós, signed for his country at a ceremony at the Embassy of Hungary…

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Startup Boreal raises US$7.5m for its solar powered desalinisation systems

AFRICA – German start-up Boreal Light has completed a round of financing which has enabled it to secure US$7.5 million dollars organised by the investment company GreenTec Capital Partners for the deployment of its solar-powered desalination systems in several African countries. The fundraising also saw the participation of a US-based wealth management office. The funds raised will enable Boreal Light to expand its activities on the African continent. In areas with an arid climate, the young company is installing kiosks for the distribution of drinking water obtained from a solar-powered…

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Kenya launches US$13m water project in Bomet County

KENYA – The government of Kenya has launched a US$13 million water and sanitation project in Bomet County in western Kenya which will benefit three towns. The water project is being financed with a loan from the African Development Bank (AfDB) and is being implemented by the Lake Victoria South Water Works Development Agency (LVSWWD), an agency of the Kenyan Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Irrigation. In Bomet County, the new water and sanitation facilities will benefit 216,850 people, mainly in the towns of Bomet, Longisa and Mulot where work…

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