Ministry of Development


Wadi Kurkur, Aswan, Egypt

Wadi Kurkur Water & Power

LAND AREA 24,000 Acres
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Engineering, planning and detailed design for the agricultural development of the Wadi Kurkur area. The project includes the optimal selection of the cropping patterns, agro-industries, design of the irrigation system and the conveyance system to supply water from Aswan High Dam Lake to the agricultural area located on the western side of the Lake, together with the design of the electric power transmission line from the power generators in Aswan to the pumping facilities on the lake and to the agricultural area.

The project also includes the study of allowance for future expansion and extension of these services to serve four other agricultural areas on the same side of the High Dam Lake, namely: Kalabsha, Dakka, Tushka and Abu Simbel.


  • ECG, with others, is responsible for performing the following tasks: studying and optimizing cropping patterns, related agro-industries and animal husbandry, irrigation system layouts and reservoir locations for about 24 000 acres in Wadi Kurkur to be irrigated by sprinkler or other systems.

  • The Basic Design Phase, comprises studies and comparison of possible alternative schemes for the supply of Wadi Kurkur with the required irrigation water (up to 1 million m3/day) in order to determine the optimum method and equipment for accomplishing the purpose intended. The major constraints were the seasonal and annual changes in water levels of the High Dam Lake (minimum elevation : 147 m, maximum elevation: 182 m). The probabilities of the water level were determined by a simulation model using the recent information on the High Dam Lake reservoir parameters. The various feasible alternative conceptual schemes were analyzed economically and financially. A special mathematical model is programmed for each scheme and the optimal design concept is determined and adopted for detailed design.

  • One of the studied schemes is to form a natural water sump by constructing a dam of length 180 and height 15 m. Different dam alternatives are studied. These include, reinforced concrete counterforted, arched and gravity dams. The detailed designs of a ground storage reservoir of capacity 380,000 m3 are also part of this study.

  • Studies for the electric power supply required for the water delivery system plus the electric power needs within the agricultural area. The domestic and local commercial demands of an ultimate 12,000 inhabitant community are estimated together with a reasonable allowance for future agro-industry development. The power at 220 kV is obtained from existing High Dam power station or from any other suitable connection point in the existing system. studies also cover the project power transmission line at 66 kV, transformer LAND AREA 24,000 Acres stations 80 MVA and all other associated installations.

  • All necessary surveys, mapping and subsurface investigations for both the water intake, conveyance and storage as well as for the electric power supply are included in the work. The Detailed Design Phase includes preparation of the final detailed design drawings, calculations, specifications, cost estimates and all construction contract documents for the lake water intake, pumping & conveyance system, water storage facilities, electric power transmission system, switchgear, substations, transformer stations and other facilities necessary to serve the systems for supply and distribution of water and to serve the local electric distribution system in Wadi Kurkur agricultural project area.

  • Study of the other four agricultural areas on the same side of the High Dam Lake, namely: Kalabsha, Dakka, Tushka and Abu Simbel. This includes collection and analysis of relevant data in parallel with that for Wadi Kurkur area and establish their requirements and limitations. The applicability of the optimal alternative schemes for Wadi Kurkur area is considered for each of the other areas and the overall planning and recommendations for the total region are made. Future electric power transmission to the other four areas is also studied moreover, the study covered the capacity of system for such expansion in future stages

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