MENA aims to engage actively in the water sector


MENA Water FZC, a German company is stepping up its efforts to finalize the water development project of the town of Bako, which is located in the West Oromia Zone. It is being built at a cost of 36 million birr and will have a production capacity of 2,400m3 of water per day. Residents are expected to have reliable water supply by July, 2013.
The company’s main offices are in Sharjah, UAE and Kandel, Germany with branch offices in Al Ain, UAE, Cairo, Riyadh, Khartoum and Port Louis in Mauritius. 
The company has been providing revolutionary water and wastewater treatment solutions worldwide. MENA has also opened its latest branch office in Addis Ababa about six months ago and has representatives in various countries. In Sudan alone, MENA has embarked on the development of water projects for about 30 rural towns that have an average population of over 70,000. It has also upgraded the North Potable Water Treatment Plant, which is the second water treatment project in Africa, and has a production capacity of 300,000m3 of water per day. This plant is located in Khartoum and was inaugurated in a hand-over ceremony on January 22, 2013.
With the opening of its branch office in Addis Ababa recently, it aims to actively engage in one of the fastest growing non-oil producing countries in the world- Ethiopia. “The country’s industry sector is growing. Towns and cities are also doing likewise,” said Mengistu Getaneh, the company’s Area Manager for East Africa. ”Sewerage system management should go in line with the country’s growth.” With respect to potable water, the country has ample surface water, which is used for potable water development. It, in fact, is “The water tower of East Africa”. However, even a great number of people who live around rivers and lakes lack potable water. In the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP), the country’s governing economic plan, the government aspires to achieve its goal of supplying over 90 percent of the population with potable water. “We are here to contribute to the realization of this massive plan,” says Mengistu.
So far, the company has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Oromia Water, Mineral and Energy Bureau for the construction of the Bako water supply project. Upon completion, 2,400m3 of potable water per day would be produced from the Gibe River. Atif Gafar (Eng.), Managing Director of MENA, and Motuma Mekasa, head of the bureau, signed the MoU. At the signing ceremony, Motuma promised that the Bako project would be a pilot project and his bureau will consider inking other deals for similar projects if the company performs well, according to a press outlet of the company. 
“This project will require only six to eight months to complete, and by July, we will have potable water supply for the town,” Mengistu told Capital. He also stated that the company will develop the traditional canal method previously used by farmers for irrigation.
According to Mengistu, the project will cost only 36 million birr of which the 25 million birr is for manufacturing, installation, and related works. The rest of the money goes to civil work. MENA has subcontracted the civil work to Mekonnen Muleta General Contractor and they have already started site clearing. .
Mengistu informed Capital that MENA’s technology is very simple to use and operate, is cost effective as well as more reliable, compared to the conventional one. It can also be delivered in a short period of time.
“According to a study conducted, had this project been carried out in the conventional way, it would have required more than 100 million birr and more than three years to complete,” said Mengistu.
Besides the agreement, MENA donated materials worth 3 million birr for the construction of a model water treatment plant in the town of Wonji, also located in West Oromia zone. The materials for the construction of this model plant, which will have a production capacity of 500m3 of water per day, have already arrived in Djibouti and will be here soon, stated Mengistu. The bureau is undertaking the construction of the civil work, while the manufacturing, supplying, installation and commissioning are the company’s tasks.
The company provides  services including pretreatment, secondary treatment, advanced treatment, sludge and odor control, bio energy, instrumentations & control, and pumps & flow regulation, while its customers are due to be municipals, industries, universities, real estates, housing development agencies and bureaus, according to Mengistu.