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Schneider Electric, JV Acciona/Passavant partner to keep the wastewater flowing for Cairo’s residents

Schneider Electric’s technology will ensure reliability and performance at El-Gabal El-Asfar, which is set to become Africa’s largest wastewaster treatment plant

Cairo, Egypt July 2020: Schneider Electric has been chosen to provide an electrical solution that is being installed at Egypt’s largest wastewater treatment plant. The equipment will help ensure that the El-Gabal El-Asfar Wastewater Treatment Plant, will be able to safely and efficiently treat over 2,500,000 m3/day to support the twelve and a half million Egyptians who live on the Nile’s east bank in the Greater Cairo area. Schneider Electric’s technology will ensure that the plant runs safely and more efficiently, reducing downtime at the site which is run by JV Acciona/Passavant and is owned by the country’s Construction Authority for Potable Water and Wastewater (CAPW).

The plant was established in 1990 to cater to Cairo’s rapid growth, with the initial aim of treating 1,500,000 m3/day of water. The plant has since been expanded twice, with each expansion adding a further treatment capacity of 500,000 m3/day, at a total cost of EGP 18 billion. Today, El-Gabal El-Asfar is the largest wastewater treatment plant in Africa and the Middle East, and the third largest worldwide. The site also produces electricity through gas recovery; the electricity generated onsite is used to power sixty percent of the plant’s power needs.

“This project is vital for Cairo’s growth, and ensuring that the power is stable and reliable is key to its operations,” said Karim El-Fawal, Deputy Plant Manager, JV Acciona/Passavant. “Schneider Electric’s technology will help us to ensure the stability of the electricity network at the plant, improving safety and reducing any possible downtime on-site. We’ll also reduce the cost of powering the plant, thanks to the technology’s electrical efficiency levels.”

Schneider Electric’s solution includes RoNEX and GHA MV switchgear lines, OKKEN LV MCC lines, Altivar VSD lines and MINERA power transformer lines.

“This is a megaproject that is essential to the growth of both Cairo and the country,” said Walid Sheta, Cluster President for North-East Africa and the Levant, Schneider Electric. “We’re proud to be able to play a role in this project’s success and, by extension, help provide the capital with the wastewater network it needs to develop over the coming decades. Our EcoStruxture technology will ensure that the El-Gabal El-Asfar wastewater treatment plant is operating to its full potential, with a host of safety and energy efficiency features that will keep the plant’s staff safe whilst also optimizing the power efficiency onsite. Together with JV Acciona/Passavant, we will keep the wastewater flowing safely and reliably from the capital.”

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