The Egyptian Ministry of Local Development confirmed the state’s interest in developing the public transportation system, and that it is one of the priorities of the Egyptian state.
The ministry is modernizing the fleet of the public transport in Cairo and Alexandria to operate using natural gas instead of diesel, in partnership with Ministry of Military Production.
The Ministry of Local Development stated, in a recent report, that the number of buses that are being modified to run using natural gas amount to 2,262 buses, in several batches at a total cost of 1.2 billion pounds.
The report said that they are entering service successively, in order to preserve the environment from pollution and reduce emissions that cause environmental pollution, and to achieve optimal benefit economically, given Egypt’s wealth of natural gas, which maxmizes the added value thereof, and rationalizes the consumption of diesel.
The Ministry of Local Development confirmed that the public transport authorities in Cairo and Alexandria are making adjustments to their fleet buses to convert them to work with natural gas while raising the efficiency of buses internally and externally, to provide decent means of transportation for citizens.
The Ministry of Local Development confirmed its follow-up to the procedures for implementing the two cooperation protocols that were signed with the Ministry of Military Production and the Public Transport Authority in Cairo and Alexandria, and one of the sector companies to manufacture 110 electric buses, including 70 for the Public Transport Authority in Cairo, and 40 for the Public Transport Authority in Alexandria.
The total cost of the two protocols is 519 million pounds, of which the ministry’s obligations amount to 330.5 million pounds, or 62.5% of the total cost. The Cairo and Alexandria Public Transport Authority is obligated to pay the rest of the cost, and the ministry made available an amount of 104.8 million pounds as an advance payment of the total cost.
Source: Egypt Today Magazine