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Tuesday, 24 July 2018

A humdrum night on the airwaves commemorating 23 July

It was a humdrum night on the airwaves, with the expected inauguration of the Siemens 14.4 GW power plants and the Gabal El Zeit wind farm being the most noteworthy topic of discussion.

The Siemens combined cycle plants will raise Egypt’s energy supply by some 25% and will cover the country’s electricity needs, including households and industry, Electricity Ministry Spokesman Ayman Hamza said on Hona Al Asema. The plants will also feed into Egypt’s planned electricity interconnection projects with Sudan, Cyprus and Greece, and Saudi Arabia, the latter of which Hamza says will be complete by 2021. Hamza also noted that the 580 MW wind farm at Gabal El Zeit is the largest wind farm in the world (watch, runtime: 3:59). Hamza also phoned into Yahduth fi Masr to further discuss the two power projects, including the fact that the Siemens plants were constructed in record time (watch, runtime: 5:49).

The commemoration of the 23 July revolution also took up significant airtime last night. Masaa DMC’s Eman Al Hosary dedicated the majority of her episode to discussing the revolution’s anniversary (watch, runtime: 15:14) and sat down with late President Gamal Abdel Nasser’s grandson (watch, runtime: 2:09). Hona Al Asema’s Dina Zahra (watch, runtime: 2:58) and Al Hayah Fi Masr’s Kamal Mady each hosted novelist Youssef Al Qaeed to talk about the 1952 revolution and its effects on Egypt (watch, runtime: 4:07 and runtime: 4:07). Sherif Amer also paid tribute to the anniversary on Yahduth fi Masr (watch, runtime: 2:19).

The Interior Ministry sanctioned the release of 683 indebted prisoners after the Tahya Masr fund paid off their debts, the fund’s media coordinator Mohamed Mokhtar told Hona Al Asema’s Dina Zahra. The fund has set aside EGP 30 mn to pay off all prisoners’ debts, according to Mokhtar (watch, runtime: 2:26).

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