Egypt - The Preparation of a Master Plan for the Rehabilitation/Replacement of Major Hydraulic Structures

Project Summary

Approval Date 10 Nov 2009
Signature Date 25 Mar 2010
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2016
Last Disbursement Planned Date 29 Nov 2016
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31140
Commitment U.A 600,000
Status Completion

Project General Description

The master plan study for the rehabilitation/replacement of major hydraulic structures on the nile is designed in order to ensure an efficient planning of future interventions. Availability of a Master Plan as envisaged under the proposed study should assist the Government of Egypt (GoE) in efficiently planning future capital investment interventions and the mobilization of the resources required for the improvement of the over 200 old but vital hydraulic structures on the Nile. This study consists of three main components: i) site investigations and the development of a Geographic Information System (GIS) database, detailed inspections and data collection for 200 hydraulic structures in 75 locations; ii) safety evaluations and the development of a Decision Support System (DSS); and iii) the development of a dynamic Master Plan, the undertaking of a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the Master Plan and the preparation of a capital investment project for one priority major structure identified under the study. Its area covers the location of the following structures: (a) 11 Main barrages on the Nile River; (b) 21 Head regulators at the off-takes of canals from the Nile; (c) 44 Intermediate regulators within Major canals; (d) 124 smaller structures located within irrigation canals.

Project Objectives

The sector goal of the project is to improve water resources management in Egypt by introducing sector reforms and through the implementation of improved water use and conservation programmes. The objective of the study is to assess and design improvements of major hydraulic structures and thus contribute to the implementation of Egypt’s Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) plan.


The Government of Egypt (GoE) is the main beneficiary of this study, as it will use its outcomes for the efficient planning of capital investment projects for the rehabilitation or the replacement of hydraulic control structures as well as for the mobilisation of resources required for these investments. Other direct beneficiaries of the study include the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation (MWRI) and its major sectors, Consultants, and other stakeholders of the Water, Agriculture and Transportation sectors in Egypt. The ultimate beneficiaries of the outcomes of the study include the millions of farmers who depend on Nile irrigation water for their livelihoods and who stand to benefit from implementation of the recommendations of the study as regards the efficient allocation and distribution of water and the protection of farmlands and lives from floods.

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-015
Last Update 24 Mar 2023


Contact Details

Name Mohamed-Yasser Hamdy ELWAN

Geographic Location

Country Egypt
Coordinates Location Name
30.9833 30.2 Muhafazat al Buhayrah
30.9 31 Muhafazat al Gharbiyah
29.99776 31.05286 Muhafazat al Jizah
30.5 31 Muhafazat al Minufiyah
28.4333 30.7 Muhafazat al Minya
30.3 31.25 Muhafazat al Qalyubiyah
30.8 31.8 Muhafazat ash Sharqiyah
23.3 32.9 Muhafazat Aswan
27.2 31.1 Muhafazat Asyut
28.9 30.6 Muhafazat Bani Suwayf