CAIRO: The Arab Contractors has been tasked with renovating the Maspero building, the headquarters of the Egyptian Radio and TV Union, on the bank of the Nile River in Cairo, head of Maspero’s Power Committee Mohamed al-Nemr told Youm7 Thursday.
The project, which will last through 2016, aims to replace and renovate medium and low-voltage network and emergency generators.
Maspero has experienced a few technical glitches that led to power cuts in the past months. In May, Egypt’s state TV was off the air for half an hour due to a power cut.
Then Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab told the Egyptian Satellite Channel that Maspero is “part of Egypt’s national security,” adding that a committee will be formed to investigate the incident; Minister of Electricity Mohamed Shaker cut a visit to Saudi Arabia short and returned to Egypt to follow up on the issue in person.
Maspero was inaugurated in 1960 over an area of 12,000 square meters. It was one of the very first buildings that the Egyptian military secured on Jan. 28, 2011 after protesters swamped the streets in Cairo.