Building Egypt’s new capital city

It’s not often that an entire capital city gets built from scratch, but Egypt is currently in the process of doing just that. In 2015, the government of Egypt announced that a new administrative capital would be built on previously undeveloped land to the south-east of the current capital, Cairo. Construction began in 2016.

We’re not just talking about a few office blocks here. The proposal is for a city of five to seven million people. As yet it has no name, other than the unofficial ‘New Administrative City’. A public competition is to be held this year, to decide a name. You can see the building work taking shape here. There has been heavy Chinese involvement in construction work, through the China State Construction Engineering Corp (CSCEC). The cost of constructing the new city is usually put at US$58 billion, but the final total is anyone’s guess.

Of course, a new city will generate waste. It’s an interesting planning question; if you are starting from scratch, what waste facilities would you build? It’s fair to say that Egypt to date has been at the more unregulated end of the waste management spectrum, but some thought has been given to the question regarding the new capital. This is, after all, meant to be a prestigious modern development and – ideally – will have infrastructure to match. In July 2019, the Egyptian Ministry of Housing, represented by the New Urban Communities Authority (NUCA), signed a memorandum of understanding with FAS Energy for the construction of a number of new WtE plants in Egypt including in the new capital. Details on individual sites are not yet available, but the agreement is for a total of 100 MW capacity at a cost of US$300 million to US$500 million.

WtE is an obvious choice for city planners in a hurry. Plants can deal with large volumes of waste relatively easily and discreetly, and have the bonus of generating electrical power. But who is FAS Energy? It is a subsidiary of the Saudi Arabian Fawaz Al-Hokair group, a major property development company. FAS Energy was founded in 2013, and initially concentrated on development of solar power projects in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Pakistan. It appears to be branching out into the WtE field in 2019, with the above-mentioned agreement and a second WtE proposal planned in Saudi Arabia itself. It is currently unclear what overseas partners FAS will work with on these projects, whether Western, Chinese, Japanese or a mixture of all three.

Quite when Egypt’s new capital will begin to operate is unclear. The first government officials are due to move from Cairo at some point in 2019. Then the main organs of government will follow, including the presidential palace, central bank and supreme court. A commercial district, named Capital Park, is also under construction. There’s a good recent article about it all here. Whether any of it will ever resemble the glossy architects’ plans is a moot point, but the move is not without precedent. Kazakhstan and Myanmar have created new capital cities in the past 20 years, and Brazil famously did it in the 1960s. The scale of Egypt’s new capital, however, is much greater a public undertaking, and the infrastructure requirements – including waste management – are commensurately challenging.

UK Contracts for Difference

On 29th May, the UK launched its third Contracts for Difference (CfD) round under which the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) will offer £65 million to support up to 6GW of new renewable energy capacity, enough to power around 350,000 homes each year.

This third round of funding is open to anaerobic digestion projects greater than 5 MW, dedicated biomass CHP projects and advanced conversion technology projects, as well as other renewable technologies such as wind, geothermal and tidal.

Registration closes on 18th June and winning bidders will be due to start contributing power to the grid from 2023/2024.

Around 10 GW of renewable power projects have been awarded CfD contracts since 2015, with more than £490 million having been spent to date. The UK Government is aiming for 70% of electricity to come from low carbon sources by 2030.

The first round of CfD contracts was awarded in 2015. There were five in the waste/biomass sectors, totalling 157 MW. None are as yet operational. The most advanced is the Energy Works facility at Hull, although this has been plagued with construction difficulties and delays; the main contractor was replaced in March 2019 and it is currently uncertain when the plant will open. The other four projects are at even earlier stages of development.

The second round of contracts, issued in 2017, appears to have fared even worse. Eight projects in the waste and biomass sectors were selected, but most appear to have fallen away due to planning or funding difficulties. It remains to be seen whether any are operational on schedule in 2021/22.


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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – Finland Biomass Plant

Construction of a 20 MW biomass power plant

Pori Energia is in the process of building a new 20 MW biomass plant at its Aittaluoto power station, which will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 88,000 tonnes each year. Originally constructed in 1968, the facility produces enough energy to cover almost half of district heating for the Pori and Ulvila networks.

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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – Denmark WtE Facility

Refurbishment of a WtE facility

Fjernvarme Horsens has advised AcuComm that no decisions have been made regarding the replacement of two boilers at its waste-to-energy (WtE) facility in Mydtjylland.

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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – UK WtE Plant

Development of an RDF-fuelled CHP plant

Back in October, it was revealed that Brockwell Energy had secured equity funding which will go towards its development of the Earls Gate Energy Centre (EGEC) in Grangemouth.

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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – China WtE Facility

Construction of a hazardous WtE facility

SUEZ NWS and Shanghai Huayi have entered into an agreement to provide hazardous waste treatment and recovery solutions in the Qinzhou area of Guangxi Province.

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Weekly Projects Update – 49 new/updated projects, worth an estimated US$5,017m

In the week ending 17th August 2018, AcuComm added 19 new projects and updated 30 in our database. These have a combined estimated value of US$5,017 million.

The database now holds 5,298 active projects in total, with an estimated value of US$349.1 million.


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Weekly Projects Update – 47 new/updated projects, worth an estimated US$5,916m

In the week ending 3rd August 2018, AcuComm added 18 new projects and updated 29 in the database. These have a combined estimated value of US$5,916 million.

There are now 5,252 active projects in the AcuComm database worth an estimated US$347.4 million.


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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – Denmark Biogas Plant

Construction of a biogas plant processing 450,000 tpa of organic waste

Nature Energy and the municipality of Holbæk is planning to develop a new biogas plant in Kvanløse, which will process up to 450,000 tonnes of slurry and food residues each year.

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