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Egypt gets world's largest water treatment plant

The plant has a production capacity of 7.5 million m³/day of agricultural drainage water. (Image source: Metito)

The New Delta Irrigation Water Treatment Plant in Egypt has been declared the world's largest by Guinness World Records (GWR). 

It is constructed by a joint venture comprising Orascom Construction, Hassan Allam Construction, Arab Contractors, and Metito, under the mandate of the Ministry of Defence - Armed Forces Engineering Authority. The plant achieved four GWR global records: the largest water treatment facility, the most capacious and operationally robust plant, the largest area for epoxy coating in structures, and the biggest sludge treatment plant globally.

These accolades were celebrated in an official ceremony attended by representatives from the JV companies—Hassan Allam Construction, Arab Contractors, Orascom Construction, and Metito—along with government officials, including Dr. Hani Sweilem, Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation; Major General Ahmed Al-Azzazi, Head of the Engineering Authority of the Armed Forces; Mohamed El Dahshoury, CEO of Hassan Allam Construction; Karim Madwar, CEO of Metito Egypt and Managing Director of Metito Africa; Hossam El Reefy, Senior Vice President of Arab Contractors; and Ihab Mehawed, Managing Director of Orascom Construction.

The plant has a production capacity of 7.5 million m³/day of agricultural drainage water, playing a crucial role in the reclamation and development of 2 million acres in the western Delta region. Spanning an area of over 320,000 m², the plant operates at a capacity of 86.8 m³/second and boasts a substantial sludge treatment capability of 670.01 kg/s. This project stands as one of the most significant sustainability initiatives worldwide, incorporating state-of-the-art sustainable technologies and solutions. Completed within a record-setting time of 24 months, the plant is a pivotal component of Egypt's national water resources plan, aiming to ensure water security and promote prosperity and sustainability for future generations.