Preparation of a Master Plan for the Rehabilitation / Replacement of Major Hydraulic Structures
- Reference: P-EG-AAC-015
- Approval date: 10/11/2009
- Start date: 06/06/2011
- Appraisal Date: 12/06/2009
- Status: OngoingOnGo
- Implementing Agency: MINISTRY OF WATER RESOURCES & IRRIGATION
Overall responsibility and authority for the study will reside with the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation (MWRI) through the Reservoirs & Grand Barrages Sector (RGBS) as the Executing Agency. The study will be implemented in three interrelated phases namely;
(i) Site Investigations and Development of a Geographic Information System (GIS) database,
(ii) Safety Evaluations and Development of a Decision Support System and
(iii) Development of a Master Plan and Preparation of detailed designs for the top priority structures and their investment proposals. A single Engineering Consulting firm will undertake the consultancy desk and field work utilizing the expertise of foreign and local experts as well as sub-contracting consultancy services for specialized investigation of structures. The ToR for the Consultancy Services is shown in Annex 1 of the Technical Annexes.
The sector goal is to develop and manage the limited water resources in Egypt in the most efficient manner that satisfies irrigation and other needs through the application of the principles of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in order to maintain resources' sustainability. The specific objectives of the study are to prepare:
(i) to prepare a Master Plan for the rehabilitation/replacement of hydraulic control structures on the Nile (a dynamic plan demonstrating what interventions need to be done on each of the concerned structures taking into consideration all operational, social and environmental aspects, at what time and cost) and
(ii) to prepare a feasible investment project for the top priority large structure identified under the study to facilitate the mobilization of resources for implementation of works.
A Master Plan study of Egypt's irrigation network and major hydraulic structures is important given the current resource constraints. It is necessary to have in place a master plan that enables the prioritization of appropriate and timely interventions in the different hydraulic structures. Such a plan will equally address the issues of timely resources mobilization. This prioritization process will involve elaborate social and economic analyses which take into account the pr obability and the impacts of failure of the structures as well as the risks of climate change and variability on their performance and resilience.
The proposed study will contribute to the implementation of the NWRP (2004) and the IWRMS of Egypt (2004-2017). It will provide an integrated plan until 2050, for the rehabilitation/replacement of control structures to improve the efficiency and safety of the irrigation network along the Nile by improving water distribution and allocation and reducing the risk of flooding in case of structures' failure. Specifically, the study will result in
(i) building a database of hydraulic structures in the Nile Valley and Delta in Egypt;
(ii) developing a comprehensive prioritized list of all major hydraulic structures describing detailed remedy actions required for each structure, and
(iii) prepare an investment plan for rehabilitation and replacement of major hydraulic structures in Egypt up to the year 2050.The Study will produce plans for efficient management of capital investment projects for the rehabilitation or the replacement of hydraulic control structures as well as for the mobilization of resources required for these investments. In this regard, the GoE is the main beneficiary of this study with other direct beneficiaries represented by the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, Agriculture sectors. The ultimate beneficiaries of the outcomes of the study include millions of farmers who depend on Nile River water for irrigation for their livelihood and who stand to benefit from the implementation of the recommendations of the Master Plan with regard to the efficient allocation and distribution of water and the protection of farmlands and lives from floods.
ELWAN Mohamed-Yasser Hamdy - OSAN1