CAIRO: All 52 power stations across Egypt have been supported by surveillance cameras and secured by security forces, a step embarked on by the Ministry of Electricity to combat attacks that have burdened the sector over the past years.
According to the ministry, army and police personnel are partaking in the task of securing power plants and transmissions.
The ministry announced in July that a total of 214 transmission towers in Cairo, Delta, Center and Upper Egypt have been targeted since the events of June 30, 2013.
Despite the declining pace of attacks, the past blasts have resulted in losses estimated at 150 million EGP ($ 19 million) incurred by fixing the targeted towers or installing new ones, according to the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC.)
Blasts at transmission towers have become common as violent attacks have increased since the 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi.
The ministry has previously announced hiring private companies to secure the towers. There are an estimated 140,000 electricity pylons across Egypt.