Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has directed for the integration of Bardawil Lake’s development project within the general strategic framework for the development of Sinai.
This will see the provision of all technical studies and management competence, to stabilise the level of production and achieve the desired development.
Al-Sisi’s remarks came during a meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly; Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Tarek El Molla; and Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation ElSayed ElKosayer.
In a statement, Presidency Spokesperson Bassam Rady said that the meeting reviewed the current and future projects being undertaken by Belgium’s DEME Group, a leading company in the fields of dredging and land reclamation. It also reviewed the general plan for the development of Lake Bardawil in North Sinai.
Rady said that the meeting also tackled the plan to exploit Lake Bardawil’s fish wealth, as well as present the investment returns expected from this project given its unique location on the Mediterranean Coast.
The statement added that the project will also provide job opportunities and enhance food security, as well as restore the environmental balance of the lake, and improve Egypt’s water quality.
The meeting also touched on cooperation with the DEME Group to establish clean energy generation stations in Egypt using new and renewable energy sources. This would maximise their use alongside traditional energy sources, whilst also exploiting Egypt’s advanced power generation infrastructure, which includes the world’s largest solar energy station in Aswan, as well as wind power plants in the Red Sea area.
The DEME Group is a world leader in the highly specialised fields of dredging and land reclamation, offering solutions for the offshore energy market, as well as environmental and infra-marine works. The Belgian company has more than 140 years of experience, and employs 5,200 highly skilled professionals.
Last September, Egypt contracted with the DEME Group to dredge Abu Qir Port in Alexandria, which aims at raising the port’s international ranking. It also aims to make the port Egypt’s foremost port and the biggest port in the Mediterranean Sea.