Committed to action: water reduction innovation at Cairo Festival City

With rapid population growth, limited agricultural land and recent challenges to Egypt’s majority share of Nile waters, the United Nations warns that the country could be water scarce by 2025.

Water going down a plug hole

This trend has become an alarming reality across the whole of the Middle East and North Africa region, one of Carillion’s key growth areas.

Our Al Futtaim Carillion business is determined to play its part in addressing water scarcity, both within its own operations and across its construction contracts. The Cairo Festival City (CFC) contract is a flagship example of this in action.

CFC is a visionary mixed-use urban community development, spanning 3 million m2, being constructed by Al Futtaim Carillion. The site’s District Cooling Network is made up of approximately 16km of pre-insulated carbon steel piping, which has also been installed as part of the work. Traditionally these pipes would have been flushed out using large amounts of water, and the water used would then have to be disposed of in compliance with environmental standards.

The contract engineers immediately rose to the challenge to explore alternatives. They came up with an air rupture cleaning process, which involves a sudden release of air pressure from the pipeline to blast dust along the pipe, eliminating the need for water flushing.

The team presented their ideas to the client, who was so impressed by the innovation that they gave the idea the immediate green light.

By changing to the air rupture process, the contract has saved:

  • 60 days in time
  • 16,250m3 of water in total
  • £60,000 on the cost of equipment such as temporary pumps, generators, mobile water tankers, temporary hoses, spools, storage tanks, water cost and manpower.

As a result of this problem-solving approach to water, the team was the winner of the Protecting the Environment category in our 2012 S Factor awards.

S Factor award winner, protecting the environment category

S Factor award winner, protecting the environment category
As a result of this problem-solving approach to water, the team was the winner of the Protecting the Environment category in our 2012 S Factor awards.

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