Coal as alternative energy source is necessary amid crisis, Suez Cement head
Head of Suez Cement Group Omar Mhana - YOUM7
By OMAIMA SHOKRY

CAIRO: The use of coal as an alternative energy source amid the current crisis in Egypt is normal, as the past dangers associated with coal do not exist now due major development in the industry, said Head of Suez Cement Group Omar Mhana.

Mhana told Youm7 Thursday that the Ministry of Environment’s concerns over the use of coal are unfounded, as about 80 percent of European factories use coal for energy.

Additionally he said that several factories were closed due to the lack of energy, commenting that there should be variable and alternative energy resources. He noted that there should be urgent solutions to increase production, as many investments have been halted and some factories are currently operating with half of the amount of energy.

Minister of Environment Laila Iskander took legislative procedures against Titan Egypt Cement and the Arabic Company for Cement in Suez on Feb. 16, for taking illegal drilling procedures to grind coal in windmills.

Iskander has previously expressed major concern over the use of coal for energy, having explores various other alternative energy sources, in particular renewable energy such as solar and nuclear energy projects.

In the same vein, regarding his call for a variety of alternative energy sources, Mhana said that the Suez Group has inaugurated a waste recycling plant which generates between 15 and 20 percent of the required energy.

The group also completed studies about the wind energy, which are designated to provide between 30 to 40 percent of the factory’s needs.

Originally published in Youm7.

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