Handover of the new Assiut Dam in Egypt
19 September 2018 - Events - Egypt
On 12 August 2018, VINCI Construction Grands Projets handed over the new Assiut Dam in an official ceremony attended by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi.
Located between Cairo and Luxor, 400 metres downstream from the old dam, the new dam now irrigates nearly 700,000 hectares of additional agricultural land, produces 32 MW of power thanks to four 8 MW turbines, and allows for two-way navigation of the Nile via a system of large locks.
Launched in May 2012, the works required a lowering of the aquifer of the Nile to a depth of 35 metres below the river: a pumping system consisting of 89 deep wells enabled the evacuation of up to 300,000 cu. metres of water a day. 2,200 local workers were hired during the implementation of this project.