Egypt to import boring machines from Germany for new Suez Canal
New Suez Canal Project - YOUM7/Mohamed Awad

CAIRO: A German company will export Egypt tunnel boring machines to dig tunnels beneath the new Suez Canal  for linking Sinai to the Canal’s west bank, stated presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef Saturday.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met Saturday with the German Herrenknecht AG CEO Martin Herrenknecht, former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder and the German ambassador to Cairo Hansjörg Haber to discuss the tunnel boring machines, Youssef added.

The delegation and Sisi agreed that the company will train a number of the Egyptian engineers to use the exported machines, Youssef continued. The new Suez Canal project is scheduled to be completed by August 2015.

Reuters reported Nov. 21 that Egypt had hired Herrenknecht to bore at least 4 tunnels; it also quoted the head of the Egyptian armed forces’ engineering division that the government reached a deal with the German company to provide the machines for three tunnels of car and train in Port Said governorate.

“The Economic Conference that Egypt hosts in March is a good opportunity for the German businesses to work in Egypt,” the former chancellor was quoted in the presidential statement, adding “German companies want not only to export their products, but also to invest and transport their technical and vocational experiences.”

The meeting also tackled the regional and international issues, particularly Libyan’s crisis of the security vacuum and the terrorism which faces the region and the whole world, the statement noted.

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