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Egypt's Sisi orders intensifying work in power linkage projects with neighbouring countries

Electricity Minister breifed El-Sisi on the work progress in the power grid in the New Administrative Capital, particularly the construction of high-voltage electricity cable tunnels

Ahram Online , Wednesday 14 Oct 2020
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Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi ordered the government to intensify efforts of implementing power linkage projects with neighbouring regional countries.

He called for maximising the benefit from electricity on a yearly basis, whether through local consumption or export to the countries linked to the interconnection networks.

The president's directives were issued during a meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, and Electricity Minister Mohamed Shaker on Wednesday to follow up on the progress concerning the national projects related to the electricity sector, according to a statement by the presidential spokesman Bassam Rady.

The meeting also dealt with the latest developments concerning electrical interconnection grids with Saudi Arabia and Jordan, as well as the trilateral interconnection grids between Egypt, Iraq and Jordan.

Leaders of Egypt, Iraq, and Jordan agreed during a trilateral summit held in Amman in August to enhance cooperation in all fields, especially in energy, power linkages, infrastructure, and food.

Egypt also signed agreements with a number of countries, including Saudi Arabia and Sudan, to establish electricity grids, as part of the country's plan to become an international energy hub.

Projects mentioned above are part of the state's efforts to develop Sinai, where the infrastructure for the regional electrical connection is established, a matter that contributes to upgrading the electrical supply networks there, Rady added.

During Wednesday's meeting, El-Sisi was posted on the efforts to modernise the power network in Egypt in light of the president's directives to establish a high-quality grid to transmit electricity in a safe and fast manner.

The president instructed the government to continue developing the governance system of the electricity services in a way that guarantees to fulfil any consumption increase and improve the services offered to citizens across the country.

Minister Shaker reviewed during the meeting the work progress in the power grid in the New Administrative Capital, particularly the construction of high-voltage electricity cable tunnels.

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