Water Treatment Plant Systems Instrumentation/Control Requirements Specifications Evaluation
K&M was retained by Infilco to perform an evaluation of proposals for conformance to specifications regarding instrumentation and control requirements, on behalf of Infilico Degermont Co., for water treatment plant systems for the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt’s Ministry of Electricity. The tender specification required provision of an advanced central distributed control system capable of simultaneously monitoring and controlling a raw water pretreatment system, a chlorination plant, demineralizer plant, waste water treatment plant, and controls from the pump house and water intake area.
K&M served as technical consultant to the Egyptian Ministry of Supply under a multi services contract on behalf of the Egyptian Electricity Authority and US Agency for International Development (USAID). K&M completed a design review, provided construction management and start-up services for a 3 x 3 MW diesel generating station located in southern Egypt on the Red Sea.
K&M performed a comprehensive technical and economic feasibility study for the rehabilitation, upgrading and relocation of as many as eight frame 5 gas turbine generators from different sites around Egypt to one central site at Noubaria. The existing units were evaluated for their physical condition and remaining useful operational life. Furthermore, K&M evaluated the feasibility of adding a steam cycle that would increase efficiency and allow the facility to operate as a 300 MW combined cycle plant. A financial analysis of the station was performed using the tariff rates agreed upon by the Government for future implementation. Finally, the economic benefit of using the combined cycle versus the simple cycle was also demonstrated.
K&M served as Owner’s Engineer to the Egyptian Electricity Authority for the engineering design, procurement and construction supervision of Egypt’s first subscriber fiber-optic carrier loop system. This project provided a short-term reliable telecommunications link between Cairo and the 1,200 MW El-Kureimat Power Station under construction 100 kilometers south of Cairo.
K&M served as Owner’s Engineer to the Egyptian Electricity Authority providing engineering design, procurement, and construction management for its 1,200 MW (2×600) El-Kureimat Power Project near Cairo. It was the first 600 MW unit in Egypt and the largest gas/oil-fired plant in North Africa, providing 20% of the country’s power. The plant was designed and built under a co-financing structure involving multilateral and bilateral development banks and funding agencies. This project was constructed using a multi-package financing concept developed by K&M utilizing funds from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), World Bank, African Development Bank, Arab Fund for Social & Economic Development, and other lending institutions.
K&M coordinated the project development, funding, and loan aspects to ensure overall financing optimization of the project. K&M’s innovative approach to implementing projects, and its thorough understanding of linkage of multi-source funding, project packaging, and procurement, saved the EEA over $350 million from the original project budget. K&M enhanced and improved the contract packaging by matching the sources of project funds with the proper scope of work items, thereby having timely procurements in step with construction scheduling. K&M, in association with Raytheon/EBASCO Overseas Corp., provided technical, procurement, project and construction management services for 7 of the 18 contract packages for this project valued at over $250 million. K&M also provided customs clearance support in Egypt for all 18 of the contract packages representing over $420 million in equipment and spare parts.
The project was performed in two phases. Phase I included preliminary engineering and procurement of prime contract packages for the civil, architectural and engineering works including the plant boilers, pumps and drives, the water and wastewater treatment systems, the switchyard and the electrical distribution equipment, control room simulators, and insurance, etc. Phase II included all post-contractual duties such as design review of the detailed engineering performed by the contractors, construction management, training programs and assistance in startup, testing, commissioning and initial operations. The project was commissioned in 1998.
K&M was engaged to prepare and deliver training to the Egyptian Electricity Authority’s personnel on gas turbine and steam turbine as well as the balance of plant operations. The training was delivered over an 18 weeks period.
K&M assessed the legal, regulatory, financial and investment framework for ARENTO as a first step in moving the utility towards commercialization and a competitive market entity. K&M undertook a policy reform and institutional framework analysis of the telecommunications sector in Egypt to determine constraints to ARENTO’s development as a progressive, financially viable telecommunications utility employing appropriate management and organizational structures. K&M performed a cost of service/tariff rate study to rationalize the institutional reform process. K&M’s evaluation and review also included: assessment of the legal, regulatory, and investment framework to determine steps necessary for the eventual commercialization and/or privatization of ARENTO; ARENTO’s operations technical assessment; ARENTO’s organizational assessment; and determine ARENTO’s optimal human resource requirements.
K&M was hired to provide ARENTO with a basis for designing and implementing an effective strategy for future telecommunications pricing. K&M worked closely with ARENTO executives and Egyptian government officials to ensure the feasibility and practicality of alternative tariff structures and other service enhancements evaluated in the study. This assessment was an integral component of ARENTO’s efforts to increase operational efficiency, decrease costs and improve customer service quality. The ability to accurately determine costs and establish an acceptable and equitable tariff rate assisted ARENTO to facilitate future planned investments, reduce debt, and improve its viability as a corporate entity.
K&M served as technical assistant and procurement services contractor to Metcalf & Eddy for the Cairo-Suez Canal Cities Sanitation Development Project in Egypt. This was part of the Canal Cities Institutional Development Project being implemented on behalf of the Arab Republic of Egypt National Organization for Potable Water and Drainage (NOPWASD). For this assignment, K&M procured over $275,000 worth of training equipment and materials, books, publications, and provided training personnel in strict accordance with USAID Procurement Guidelines. Metcalf & Eddy was responsible for conducting a comprehensive technical training program for local Egyptian Water Utility personnel.
K&M served as the independent quality control engineer for project procurement and quality assurance on this USAID/Egypt-funded project under sub-contract to Morrison and Knudsen. The Ismailia facility rehabilitation was part of Phase II of the $100 million Canal Cities Project, which includes a 90,000 CMD wastewater treatment facility, 10 km of 1200 mm influent lines, 10 km of 1700 mm effluent lines, a wastewater pumping station, and an industrial user survey with an industrial waste monitoring program. K&M was responsible for design specification review, implementation of the onsite quality control and quality assurance program as well as onsite/offsite testing and quality inspection of all construction work put in place.