EFIC was in the process of introducing new sub-projects in its Assiut Fertilizers Plant, Manqabad, in order to ensure environmental compliance, and for better productivity and efficiency.
The sub-projects included using an alternative cleaner fuel, as well as changing some of the production units and material levels.
Environics was commissioned to carry out the studies, which served to fulfill the funding requirements for these new sub-projects by the Private Public Sector Industry (PPSI) project, supported by the KfW.
A Compliance Action Plan (CAP) was developed for the existing plant, which entailed a comprehensive environmental audit, involving sampling, measurements and analyses that were performed by a certified laboratory. The CAP included recommendations to ensure complete environmental compliance of the plant.
The Technical Feasibility Study for the new sub-projects assessed the designs and estimated costs proposed by design, construction and installation contractors. The study described the basic designs of the sub-projects; detailed the capital, operation and maintenance costs, analyzed the projects environmental impacts and presented its payback period, and provided a self-monitoring plan.
According to Egyptian regulations, the new sub-projects required a Category B EIA, which included detailed description of the construction and operation phases of the projects, and the relevant laws and legislations, as well as a comprehensive environmental management plan.