The government of Egypt has awarded an engineering consultant contract for tender preparation, design, and construction management of the 32-MW Assiut hydroelectric project on the Nile River.
An international joint venture led by Lahmeyer International of Germany received the contract from Egypt’s Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation and the Ministry of Electricity and Energy.
The parties have begun executing the project, which calls for construction of a new Assiut Barrage and hydro plant between 200 and 300 meters downstream from the original Assiut Barrage, which was completed in 1902.
The Lahmeyer-led group is to provide tender design supported by hydraulic modeling, preparation of tender documents, assistance in tender procedures, approval of contractor’s construction drawings, construction supervision, and preparation and implementation of an environmental management plan.
The project includes a sluiceway with eight 17-meter-wide radial gates, a hydro plant with four 8-MW turbine-generators, a double-chamber ship lock of 120- by 17-meter chamber size, a road bridge, an 11-meter-tall embankment dam, and rehabilitation or replacement of the Ibrahimia canal head regulator.
A feasibility study between 2000 and 2005 recommended construction of a new barrage and hydropower plant rather than rehabilitation of the existing dam.
The consultancy services are funded by the government of Germany via development bank Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW). Construction is to be funded by KfW and the European Investment Bank.
Assiut is the second major project on the Nile for Lahmeyer, which performed similar work on the 64-MW Naga Hammadi project 150 kilometers north of Luxor. In 1996, the Ministry of Electricity and Energy approved construction of hydropower projects at Naga Hammadi, Assiut, Damietta Dam of about 12 MW, Howarat Adlan Dam of about 600 kW, and El-Lahoun Dam of about 785 kW.