Share of renewable energy in total power generated in Egypt to remain the same in 2020

Solar installers from Baker Electric place solar panels on the roof of a residential home in California, U.S. October 14, 2016- ReutersCAIRO – 11 May 2020: The share of renewable energy in the total amount of power generated in Egypt annually is speculated to remain the same in 2020 compared to 2019.Chairman of New and Renewable Energy Mohamed al-Khayat told Egypt Today that the amount expected to be generated of such type of energy by the end of 2020 is 6,000 megawatts.The breakdown is 1,465 megawatts of solar energy generated in Aswan's Benban Solar Station, 580 megawatts of wind energy generated in Hurghada's Gabal al-Zeit Wind Farm, 250 megawatts of wind energy generated in other wind farms, and 3,000 megawatts of hydropower.The total amount of renewable energy generated on grid until present is 5,800 megawatts. It is planned that the share of renewable energy in the total amount of energy generated becomes 20 percent in 2022 and 42 percent in 2035.In 2019, the amount of renewable energy generated rose by 2,000 megawatts to record 6,000 megawatts composing 11 percent of the 55,000 megawatts generated in Egypt annually.With a total of 300 wind turbines at a total cost of LE 12 billion ($670.64 million), the overall capacity of the three phases of Gabal al-Zeit Wind Farm is 580 megawatts. The first completed phase contains 120 turbines with a capacity of 240 megawatts, while the second and third projects will have 110 turbines with a capacity of 220 megawatts and 60 turbines with a capacity of 120 megawatts, respectively. The project was launched in 2015.Benban solar station includes 32 plants, and is considered the largest solar power project in the world and was funded by the World Bank with a total value of $653 million.The total value of the project is $2 billion for a total power generation of up to 1600 megawatts. The project is carried out with the participation of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and a large number of major international companies.

Source:Egypt Today

May 11, 2020 12:56 UTC


Egypt may enact total curfew if required: Presidential advisor

A man wearing a protective face mask, amid concerns over the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) buys traditional Ramadan lanterns, called "Fanous" which are displayed for sale at a stall, ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Cairo, Egypt, April 12, 20كلمة الرئيس السيسي حول جهود الدولة ومؤسستها ودورالمواطنين فى مكافحة فيروس كورونا المستجد كلمة الرئيس السيسي حول جهود الدولة ومؤسستها ودورالمواطنين فى مكافحة فيروس كورونا المستجد لمشاهدة المزيد: https://bit.ly/2x2Oej7 اشترك في قناة الرسمية: http:/...CAIRO – 11 May 2020: The state may have to take tougher measures to face the increase in coronavirus cases, including enacting a total curfew, Egyptian President’s Health Affairs Advisor Mohamed Tag El-Din said on Sunday evening.The government is reviewing all relevant procedures in order to protect people and economy, he told Hadrat Al-Mowaten program on Al-Hadath Al-Youm channel.Tag El-Din called on citizens to avoid large gatherings and follow the preventive procedures announced by the government. He warning people of the fact that coronavirus is very infectious, saying this is the reason behind the surge in number of cases during the last few days.The number of cases will likely rise, Tag El-Din added.He said earlier that around a million people who came in contact with coronavirus positive patients are being tested, noting that the capital Cairo and Alexandria have the largest number of cases in the country, due to large gatherings.The Health Ministry on Sunday said 436 people in Egypt tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) recently and 11 people died with the novel virus.This brings the total number of cases and deaths to 9,400 and 525 deaths respectively since the crisis started, according to the official figures.The test results of 2,556 people of the reported cases turned from positive to negative, including 2,075 people who fully recovered.Also, 73 cases left hospital after they recovered, according to the instructions of the World Health Organization (WHO).As Egypt saw a surge in the number of the coronavirus cases, Health Minister Hala Zayed on Saturday said the state authorities have responded to the coronavirus crisis and made all efforts to curb its spread, blaming the surge on the behavior of many citizens.Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi late in April urged the medical staff to commit more to the preventive measures and the sterilization process amid the crisis, and paid tribute to the efforts of the medical sector.As the president attended the opening of a number of national projects east of the Suez Canal, he also urged Egyptians to stick to the preventive measures against coronavirus in order to avoid tougher scenarios.“If we have achieved success during the past period, we don’t want to lose what we have done during the next few weeks,” Sisi said, referring to the efforts to limit the spread of novel virus.He also urged the citizens to maintain social distancing and avoid large gatherings, warning that the state may have to take tougher measures in case the coronavirus crisis developed.The world and Egypt are facing an "invisible enemy," Sisi said, adding that Egyptian people should be proud of those who are working to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the country.

Source:Egypt Today

May 11, 2020 10:30 UTC


Egyptian Village of Shanshur on lockdown due to COVID-19

Chain with padlock on a building door with LOCKDOWN text- CC via Flickr/Ivan RadicCAIRO - 10 May 2020: Security forces were heavily deployed in Shanshur Village of Menoufia governorate after being placed on lockdown due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.It has been reported that 15 people tested positive for the virus in the village, where a 24-hour curfew was imposed by a decision from Governor Ibrahim Ahmed Abu Leimoun on Saturday.All shops in the village were closed except for groceries, pharmacies, and butcher shops.In mid-April, a 14-day lockdown was placed on the Egyptian village of Al-Agami, where 500 families were quarantined after six villagers tested positive for the COVID-19 in Biyala city of Kafr El-Sheikh governorate, Egypt’s Delta.Previously, three Egyptian villages were quarantined after a number of local residents tested positive for the virus. On April 14, Saft Trab village near Al-Mahala Al-Kubra City at Gharbeya governorate was quarantined for two weeks after 18 infections were recorded.On April 7, Moatamadeya village in Giza governorate was quarantined after nine infections had been identified.On April 1, El-Hayatem Village in Gharbiya governorate was quarantined after eight cases tested positive to Covid-19, including a worker who contacted more than 100 persons in the village.As yet, the number of the COVID-19 cases in Egypt reached 8,964 patients, including 2002 recovered cases, while the mortality rate rose to 514, according to the official data of the Egyptian Ministry of Health.

Source:Egypt Today

May 10, 2020 15:33 UTC


Egypt traces 1 million coronavirus contacts: presidential advisor

FILE - Men wearing protective face masks walk in downtown Cairo, amidst concerns about the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Egypt, May 2, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El GhanyEgyptian state works on avoiding increase in coronavirus cases: presidential advisor CAIRO - 8 May 2020: The number of coronavirus cases in Egypt is high but does not constitute a high risk as the curve grows "horizontally," said Mohamed Tag El-Deen, the president's advisor to the health affairs, meaning that the number increases gradually. كلمة الرئيس السيسي حول جهود الدولة ومؤسستها ودورالمواطنين فى مكافحة فيروس كورونا المستجد كلمة الرئيس السيسي حول جهود الدولة ومؤسستها ودورالمواطنين فى مكافحة فيروس كورونا المستجد لمشاهدة المزيد: https://bit.ly/2x2Oej7 اشترك في قناة الرسمية: http:/...CAIRO – 10 May 2020: Around a million people who came in contact with coronavirus positive patients are being tested, a presidential advisor said on Saturday, affirming that infected people are quarantined to avoid them from infecting others who can show severe symptoms, especially those who suffer from chronic diseases.This comes as Egypt saw a surge in the daily number of coronavirus cases over the past two days, reporting a total of 8,964 cases and 514 deaths since the crisis started, according to the latest figures announced on Saturday.In a telephone interview with Iman Al-Hossari on dmc channel, Presidential Advisor for Health Affairs Mohamed Tag El-Din urged citizens to stick to the preventive measures in order to avoid any increase in coronavirus cases during the coming period, noting that the capital Cairo and Alexandria have the largest number of cases in the country, due to large gatherings.One million tests have been conducted so far, including 100,000 PCR tests, a tool that detects a virus's genetic material, Tag El-Deen said in another interview with Al-Qahera Al-Aan on Al-Hadath. "As long as the figures increase, it means that there is a real expected increase, people are starting to go for testing and that the Ministry of Health has started to trace contacts,” he stated.“As long as the method of detection improves, this means that we are on the right track.”“We expect this increase,” he said. “When we reach a fixed number within several days, the numbers will start to decrease and we will know that we passed the peak of the crisis.”Concerning hospitals amid the increasing number of cases, Tag El-Din said quarantine hospitals are not yet full and there are hospitals that have not been used yet.The Health Ministry on Saturday said 488 people in Egypt tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) recently and 11 people died with the novel virus.The test results of 2,476 people of the reported cases turned from positive to negative, including 2,002 people who fully recovered.Also, 57 cases, all of them Egyptians, left hospital after they recovered, according to the instructions of the World Health Organization (WHO).Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi late in April urged the medical staff to commit more to the preventive measures and the sterilization process amid the crisis, and paid tribute to the efforts of the medical sector.As the president attended the opening of a number of national projects east of the Suez Canal, he also urged Egyptians to stick to the preventive measures against coronavirus in order to avoid tougher scenarios.“If we have achieved success during the past period, we don’t want to lose what we have done during the next few weeks,” Sisi said, referring to the efforts to limit the spread of novel virus.He also urged the citizens to maintain social distancing and avoid large gatherings, warning that the state may have to take tougher measures in case the coronavirus crisis developed.The world and Egypt are facing an "invisible enemy," Sisi said, adding that Egyptian people should be proud of those who are working to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the country.

Source:Egypt Today

May 10, 2020 14:37 UTC


Libyan interim government announces death of General Intelligence chief

FILE PHOTO: A Libyan man waves a Libyan flag during a demonstration to demand an end to the Khalifa Haftar's offensive against Tripoli, in Martyrs' Square in central Tripoli, Libya April 26, 2019. The authority alleged the Ministry of Interior affiliated to the GNA of standing behind the crime.The authority explained that the abduction is an attempt to impede the administration's audit of the ministry's transactions demanding his immediate release without conditions.In January, the LNA and Libyan tribes announced the closure of oil fields and ports as the revenues had been used by the GNA to pay militants.The Tripoli-based GNA, which lost Sirte to the LNA in January 2020, is an interim non-elected government that is recognized by the United Nations. The GNA is protected by militias, and signed in December 2019 two MoUs with Turkey on defense and gas drilling in the Mediterranean.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) revealed in May that the number of Syrian mercenaries who were transported from Syria to Libya is 7,850 while that of militants who still receive training in Turkey is 3,000. The death toll of Syrian mercenaries in the North African state is 250.On May 6, the LNA announced the launch of "Ababil Birds" operation. In January, the LNA said it lied 100 kilometers from Misrata's center.A Libyan military source told Youm7 that the LNA downed in April around 60 drones that were granted by Turkey to the GNA militias in order to impede the advances of the Libyan Armed Forces towards Tripoli.

Source:Egypt Today

May 10, 2020 14:03 UTC


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