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May 2, 2018

Opening Ceremony of "Alternative Fuel Switching Utilizing Municipal Waste Project" at Arabian Cement Company

Within the framework of cooperation between JICA and the Egyptian Ministry of Environment, Mr. Teruyuki Ito, Chief Representative of JICA Egypt Office attended the opening ceremony held at the Arabian Cement Company (ACC) for the project of alternate fuel switching utilizing municipal waste. The ceremony was attended by H.E. Dr. Khaled Fahmy, Minister of Environment, top staff of ACC, top management in the ministry and governorate of Suez, parliament members and media representatives. The project was financed under the framework of the Environmental Pollution Abatement Project Phase 2 (EPAP II) in which JICA and other donors co-financed in cooperation with the government of Egypt.

Dr. Fahmy hailed the joint cooperation between Egypt and the foreign donors that supported this project particularly JICA. He said that the ministry started an integrated system for collecting waste and using it in industry including the legislations necessary for such system, adding that the new law of waste was approved by the Ministers' Cabinet and would pass to the parliament for discussion and approval.

Mr. Ito congratulated the ministry and ACC on the great success in implementing the project that helps decrease the dependency on fossil fuels. He said that JICA provided concessional loan for EPAP II of JPY 4.7 billion, and supported the ministry through different technical cooperation schemes as: dispatching more than 150 trainees to Japan, providing equipment and monitoring stations and facilitating the involvement of the ministry and EEAA in the environmental platforms both regionally or internationally.

ACC operated a 4.2 million ton/year cement plant, and it comprises two lines each with a design capacity of 6,000 tpd of clinker. Line 1 was completed in 2008 and the second line in 2010.

ACC selected the HOTDISC system, the first time such technology has been used for alternative fuels in Egypt, for installation on Line 1, with the aim to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels to achieve 30% fuel substitution with alternative fuels, primarily agricultural waste and pre-sorted municipal waste. Creating a market for alternative fuels helped reduce the burning of waste, which have contributed to Cairo's air pollution.

The HOTDISC is an effective combustion device that can burn all kinds of solid wastes in sizes up to 1.2 m in diameter thereby reducing the investment and operational cost of pre-treatment and intermediate storage of wastes. The HOTDISC was integrated with the preheater and calciner system on Line 1 and installed along with a complete receiving, storage, dosage and transportation system for the alternative fuels.

The overall cost of the project was EGP 90 million. EPAP II provided a loan of EGP 68.3 million with a 20% grant.

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PhotoMr. Teruyuki Ito, Chief Representative of JICA Egypt Office, giving his speech in the opening ceremony


Handling the waste inside the yard

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Processing the waste

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Processing the waste

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