World Bank praises Egypt’s reducing new electricity connection timeframe to 18 days

Mohamed Farag
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A World Bank delegation has praised the measures taken by Egypt’s Ministry of Electricity to reduce the timeframe for new electricity connections to non-industrial properties.

Egyptians can now expect electricity to be delivered within 18 days from the date of submitting an application. The ministry has also established a special department that serves investors in 6th of October City, alongside a programme to replace overhead cables with ground cables.

Minister of Electricity Mohamed Shaker said various companies in the sector have worked towards raising the electricity network’s efficiency and improve its performance level.

The improvements in Egypt’s provision of electricity ensure the stability and continuity of power supply, in accordance with quality standards, as well as reducing periods of power outages. These efforts have also gone towards meeting the continuous upward trends in the country’s consumption.

Mohamed El Sisi, head of the South Cairo Electricity Distribution Company, said his company has completed various expansion, replacement and renewal projects in the Giza network, which serves about 4.3 million subscribers.

Coming in at a total cost of EGP 436m, the company’s efforts are looking to raise the efficiency of the governorate’s electricity network and improve service for subscribers.

El Sisi noted that 85 power transformers and 267 low voltage boxes have been installed, alongside 105 km of medium voltage cables and over 81km of low voltage cables.

Regarding the plan to replace overhead cables with ground cables, he noted that a total of EGP 33m has been invested to replace medium voltage cables, which represent a risk to citizens, with ground cables.

El Sisi stated that the company is also working towards speeding up procedures for customers through a one-stop shop. This will also ensure that all precautions are taken to confront the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), with continuous sterilisation in place to preserve the health and safety of customers and workers.

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