Egypt - A study relating to The rehabilitation of Zefta Barrage or the construction of a new barrage to replace the current structure

Project Summary

Approval Date 15 Jun 2009
Signature Date 18 Jan 2010
Planned Completion Date 28 Feb 2015
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2014
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31140
Commitment U.A 598,840.79
Status Completion

Project General Description

The feasibility study for rehabilitation/construction of zefta barrage was conceived in a context of competing needs for water and inadequate capacity to respond to the increasing demand for water resource. The Zefta Barrage is more than 100 years old and visible conditions of the barrage reveal cracks and scouring which adversely affect the stability of the structure and pose major risks of failure in the event of earthquakes. The present study is designed as a comprehensive detailed investigation to formulate a project for the rehabilitation of Zefta Barrage or reconstruction of a new barrage in replacement of the current structure as a solution for: (i) improved water management in 1 million feddans; (ii) increasing the availability of fresh water for irrigation of 3 million feddans additional agricultural land as well as domestic and industrial uses; (iii) navigation throughout the year; and (iv) miscellaneous uses by the beneficiaries. The execution of the study should be divided into four phases, including: 1) literature and presentation of study approach; 2) data collection and analysis of options; 3) preparation of viable projects; and 4) preparation of tender documents.

Project Objectives

The sector goal is to develop and manage the very limited water resources in Egypt in the most efficient manner that satisfies all the needs whilst maintaining the sustainability of the resources through the application of the principles of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). The specific study objective is to determine the most technically viable, economically feasible, and environmental and socially acceptable option for the rehabilitation/reconstruction of Zefta Barrage, including the production of a comprehensive feasibility report and the associated engineering designs, bills of quantities and tender documents for the selected option.


The direct beneficiary of the study is the Egyptian State. In addition, the Egyptian population is the final beneficiary of the results of this study.

Participating Organization

Middle Income Countries Fund
Government of Egypt
Ministère des ressources en eau et de l'irrigation
Ministry of Water Resources & Irrigation


IATI identifier 46002-P-EG-AAC-007
Last Update 24 Mar 2023


Contact Details

Name Mohamed-Yasser Hamdy ELWAN

Geographic Location

Country Egypt
Coordinates Location Name
30.7142 31.2443 Zefta