Project update: Egypt-South Port Said Industrial Zone Waste Water Treatment Plant

On 1 October 2017 Nijhuis Industries and Green Valley Oil Services (GVOS) started to design a 60,000 m3 per day Waste Water Treatment Plant based on the contract which was signed by both parties by the end of September 2017.

It was decided to build the project in 2 phases of each 35,000 m3 per day. The plant incorporated Nijhuis drum screen filtration and DAF treatment (High Rate i-DAF) followed by Nijhuis BIOCTOR aerobic treatment and during the second phase extended to a capacity to 60,000 m3/day including Nijhuis an-aerobic biological treatment, sludge digestion & biogas treatment. The biogas will be used to feed gas engines to produce power and become energy neutral.

Multidisciplinary project team

In close cooperation with GVOS a combined project team of 40 dedicated engineers from Nijhuis Industries, Witteveen+Bos and key suppliers created within 3 months a complete Basic Engineering Package.

Alongside supporting pilot plant trials were conducted on the actual wastewater in the Industrial Zone of Port Said. These trials confirmed the original design, however provided opportunities to improve the scope distribution over the 2 project phases.

Feasibility study update

GVOS and their civil engineering consultant have worked thoroughly in January and February 2018 on the foundation of the complete plant. Additional examination of the soil conditions by Fugro proved that the soil conditions were weaker than expected. With the support of the Dutch company ABT several foundation options have been evaluated and tested to overcome the very weak soil conditions in Port Said.

Based on the revised and increased civil scope GVOS is currently completing the actualized feasibility study to finalise the investments during the complete realisation period. Nijhuis Industries plans to start procurement in July 2018 and expects to be able to treat 35,000 m3/day in July 2019 and 60,000 m3/day in July 2020.