CAIRO: Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab agreed to grant South Sinai 50 million EGP ($6 million) to build a desalination plant to boost tourism, reported Al-Masry Al-Youm Sunday.
The plant will be built in Mount Sinai with a production capacity of 10,000 cubic meters to solve the problem of water deficiency in the area.
Mahlab’s decision was made during his Saturday to Sharm el-Sheikh accompanied by the Ministers of Transport, Environment, Tourism, Local Development, Housing, Agriculture, and Investment.
In a conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Mahlab said that floods in South Sinai are “treasures that should be utilized” and ensured that there should be dams built in the area urgently, according to Youm7.
He also promised the governorate residents to provide them with needed equipments and machines to deal with the floods that hit the area annually.
The establishment of more desalination plants is being researched, two of which are going to be in the Red Sea governorate.
The Ministry of Environment agreed to study the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of building two desalination stations in Halayeb and Shalateen cities in the Red Sea governorate, El-Badeel newspaper reported on Aug. 3.
The Halayeb station’s production capacity will reach 5,000 cubic meters, head of EIA central administration Nahed Youssif told El-Badeel, while the capacity of the other plant in Shalateen city will reach 1,000 cubic meters in its first phase.
The agreement to build desalination plants is always accompanied by the condition of committing to specifications with environmental requirements, which stipulates environmentally safe and proper storage of chemicals used in water purification as well as proper disposal of solid waste.
Additional reporting by Hend Mokhtar, Fayza Mersal, and Mervet Rashad.