RCREEE joins the first of its kind EU/EBRD solid waste project to depollute Kitchener drain in Egypt

December 13, 2020, Cairo-Egypt: With the presence of H.E Minister of Local Development General Mahmoud Sahrawi, H.E. Minister of International Cooperation Dr. Rania El Mashat, representatives for EU, EBRD and other partners the consultancy service contract for Kitchener drain depollution solid waste project was signed to launch the first of its kind project in Egypt. RCREEE, Liban Consult AGM and Projacs consortium is honored to lead the consultancy services for the implementation and construction of the project.

Kitchener Drain is one of the most severely polluted drains in Egypt resulting into significant environmental, economic and social harm. It extends 69 km and passes through the governorates of Kafr El Sheikh ("KES"), Gharbeya ("GHB") and Dakahleya ("DKH") and discharges into the Mediterranean Sea.

The newly signed service contract tackles mainly solid waste management of the Kitchener Drain in Egypt. Accordingly, it represents as a key cornerstone in a larger investment programme aiming at the de-pollution of the Kitchener Drain alongside wastewater & sanitation and drain infrastructure rehabilitation.

“We are very optimistic that this project will contribute significantly to improving municipal solid waste management (MSWM) and introducing new technologies for waste treatment specially waste to energy to minimize the disposal of waste” said RCREEE Head of Environment and Climate Change Unit, Eng. Ahmed Khalil.

Notably the project is implemented under the loan agreement between the Egyptian Government and the EU and EBRD as funding agency.  The project, considered to be the first of its kind in Egypt, will support the depollution of the drain and the Mediterranean Sea. It will also improve the health and environmental situation of the people living in the drain catchment area as well as strengthen the economy by improving the irrigation water quality in the three governorates.

More details on the Kitchener Drain Depollution Project- Solid Waste: https://www.ebrd.com/work-with-us/projects/psd/kitchener-drain-depollution-project-solid-waste.html

About the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE)

The Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) is an intergovernmental organization with diplomatic status that aims to enable and increase the adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency practices across pan-Arab countries. RCREEE is the official technical arm institution of both League of Arab State – Energy Department and Arab Ministerial Council for Electricity (AMCE).

RCREEE teams-up with governments, international organizations, IFIs and Private Sector via several forms of partnerships to initiate and lead clean energy policy dialogues, strategies, technologies, managing the facilitation of RE investment platforms and capacity development in order to increase Arab states’ share of tomorrow’s modern energy solutions.