Solar investors are considering contracting with a private company to provide security, technical and administrative services for solar energy projects in the Benban area of Aswan.
The head of a solar power company said that four companies have presented their offers, including G4S, Gridtech, Alamiya, and Motahida. The four companies have presented their offers to provide security, guarding, recruitment, traffic, accommodation, water, and sewage services.
He told Daily News Egypt that the 33 solar energy project companies that have lands in Benban formed a committee of seven individuals in cooperation with the New and Renewable Energy Authority to negotiate the offers presented to choose the best offer.
Moreover, renewable energy companies also aim to cooperate with a consultant to set standards for services, especially as the companies that have submitted their offers include many that have not worked in several of the required specialisations before. The consultant’s job will be to set the needs and requirements of companies in the coming period to avoid mistakes. The timetable planned to build the plants is set at eight months, based on agreement with the government.
The source said that the committee will work to solve the problems and obstacles investors face, including traffic, which aims to regulate traffic of the transport vehicles that carry the components of solar stations and ensure avoiding accidents, especially as the coming period will see a heavy presence of companies on site, beginning with construction works.
The committee also works with the companies to provide the necessary manpower for the projects, sites for setting up the workers at the stations, catering, water and sanitation necessary for the site, and the insurance for the workers, providing security by guarding them and the existing equipment.
33 companies intend to establish power plants in Benban to generate 1,800 MW with investments of $1.8m.