NSA of­fers Ben­ban in­vestors im­ple­men­ta­tion of dou­ble-way project for EGP 67m

Se­cu­rity, safety of work­ers, 2 most im­por­tant re­quire­ments stip­u­lated by in­ter­na­tional fund­ing bod­ies, which carry out in­spec­tions to en­sure safety mea­sures

The Daily News Egypt - - Business -

A sub­sidiary of the Na­tional Ser­vice Au­thor­ity (NSA) has of­fered so­lar en­ergy in­vestors in Ben­ban, Aswan, the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a dou­ble-way on the desert road for EGP 67m.

Feed-in tar­iff in­vestors have signed a con­tract with a pri­vate com­pany to im­ple­ment the dou­ble­way on the main road in Aswan, af­ter the Gen­eral Au­thor­ity for Roads re­fused to bear the cost.

Sources told Daily News Egypt that the As­so­ci­a­tion of So­lar En­ergy In­vestors in Ben­ban has re­ceived a sin­gle of­fer from one the com­pa­nies af­fil­i­ated to the NSA, af­fil­i­ated to the armed forces, to im­ple­ment the dou­ble way on an area of 7.8km.

The sources ex­plained that in­vestors will ad­dress the com­pa­nies work­ing in the field of con­tract­ing, in or­der to sub­mit their of­fer, es­pe­cially that they are look­ing for the cheap­est im­ple­men­ta­tion cost.“The of­fer made by the Na­tional Com­pany was for a value less than the pre­vi­ous of­fers, reach­ing up to EGP 90m, how­ever, it in­cluded con­nect­ing in­ter­nal roads to the lo­ca­tion of the project,” the source added.

The Roads and Bridges Au­thor­ity (RBA) re­fused to bear the cost of the project, af­ter so­lar en­ergy in­vestors re­quested a mod­i­fi­ca­tion to se­cure work­ers and cars at the lo­ca­tion of the plants, to avoid ac­ci­dents dur­ing the en­try and exit of cars from and to the lo­ca­tion.

The in­vestors de­manded the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the dou­ble-way, es­pe­cially that the peak time of the pres­ence of work­ers and en­gi­neers at the lo­ca­tion will be dur­ing the next three months, and they must be se­cured in or­der to avoid dis­as­ters or ac­ci­dents on the roads.

The se­cu­rity and safety of work­ers and the projects are two of the most im­por­tant re­quire­ments stip­u­lated by in­ter­na­tional fund­ing bod­ies, which carry out sur­prise meet­ings and in­spec­tion vis­its to en­sure safety mea­sures are fol­lowed.

En­gi­neer Samy Farag, head of the im­ple­men­ta­tion sec­tor at the RBA, told DNE in a pre­vi­ous state­ment that a let­ter was sent to the Min­istry of Elec­tric­ity ex­plain­ing that the Roads au­thor­ity will not be bear­ing the cost of the dou­ble-way in Ben­ban, and that the mod­i­fi­ca­tion re­quired is not on the na­tional road plan.

He added that the au­thor­ity has ap­proved the study sub­mit­ted by Aswan Univer­sity to carry out a dou­ble-way to se­cure the cars en­ter­ing the leav­ing the lo­ca­tion of the project with­out bear­ing the cost. Once in­vestors reach an agree­ment with the Min­istry of Elec­tric­ity, they will ob­tain li­cens­ing from the au­thor­ity to ex­e­cute the mod­i­fi­ca­tion.

32 com­pa­nies are im­ple­ment­ing so­lar en­ergy projects with a ca­pac­ity of 1500MW within the feedin tar­iff pro­gramme an­nounced in 2014. The Egyp­tian Elec­tric­ity Trans­mis­sion Com­pany pur­chases the en­ergy pro­duced from the project for about 8.4 cents for a kWh.

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