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El-Sisi urges patience in face of power crisis

Egyptian president says the country needs LE130 billion to develop its electricity sector

Ahram Online, Saturday 6 Sep 2014
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Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi delivers a speech, during the anniversary of the 1952 Egyptian revolution, at the presidential palace in Cairo, July 23, 2014 (Photo: Handout provided by The Egyptian Presidency)
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Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said on Saturday that the country’s power crisis requires major funding and cannot be solved soon.

In a speech broadcast on state television, El-Sisi announced that Egypt needs no less that "130 billion Egyptian pounds in the next five years" to develop the electricity sector to meet the population's current needs.

A major power outage hit Cairo and several governorates on Thursday, paralysing the Cairo metro and knocking some local television stations off air.

Power cuts have become common in Egypt in recent years, but have worsened this summer. The Ministry of Electricity has said it is trying to conserve power in the face of fuel shortages and sabotage attempts on power lines.

In his speech, El-Sisi said that the government is dealing with investors to get the required funding to tackle the crisis.

He added that the country's electricity sector has suffered for decades from a lack of development and that its power plants need major renovation to create an adequate power system nationwide.

"This will not be solved soon," he said. "We are facing many challenges and no government or president will be able to overcome them alone."

He said he understands people's frustration, but urged them to be patient, adding that the power crisis is only one of the country's looming problems.

El-Sisi also mentioned the 11 security personnel who were killed in an IED attack in the tumultuous region of North Sinai earlier this week, saying that the government is battling terrorism and is working hard to ensure the safety of innocent civilians.

Egypt's army has been waging a major offensive against Islamist militants in the violence-ridden northern part of the peninsula over the last year.

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Hassan Adly
07-09-2014 09:26am
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"Ma3lesh"
Short version: "Ma3lesh, it's not our fault, we will fix it, inshallah, bokra, but we have more important things to do right now. Everything will be OK godwilling, maybe. But not in our lifetimes. Till then, please send more money. Ta7 ya misr!"
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Sam Enslow
07-09-2014 08:08am
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Call for private/international proposals
Many countries have international firms that are private run their electrical systems. Egypt could start this process by calling for proposals to address the power problems of certain geographical parts of the country. Such a call should include specific requirements. There is much more wrong with Egypt's power than just a lack of plants and fuel. The entire infrastructure needs updating. Private companies can raise this cash and get the job done, but they will have to be allowed to make a profit and allowed to do their job. The current electric company should probably be dismantled. Those currently working, and qualified, could find work in the new private companies.
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expat
06-09-2014 10:01pm
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lets say,untill november?
untill the nature reduces heat by itself? well,i dont want to be sarcastic,but this government(and i have seen them all since mubharak)is no better than its predecessors excuses,dumb explanations,which a child could logically denounce and thinking,the public is stupid well,tell the truth,you guys dont got enough money for solar and gas,you are or might be waiting for the next cheque from riadh or abu dhabi and you are telling the folks one lie after the next...
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Khan
06-09-2014 10:00pm
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Fraud with public
Sisi dos.t have any fear of God .he want make happy usa and uk &isreal. He distroying Egypt and enjoying him self and his loyalist army officers
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Onam Abdullah
06-09-2014 08:09pm
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Wasn't saying that a year and half ago.
Now we need patience, he has had longer than Morsi and things are worse, crime, power, Sinai. All the things the last lot were accused of. Wonder what the next general is thinking!
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sabri
06-09-2014 05:22pm
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Sisi is worse than Morsi
Sisi is worse than Morsi, he can not bring Egypt in to better condition if only spending next few years only to solve the electricity problem. He should solve it now....that he claimed while coup Morsi.
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