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Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Inauguration of the combined-cycle power plants reigns supreme on the airwaves

Yesterday’s inauguration of the three combined-cycle power plants reigned supreme on the airwaves last night. We have the full story in Speed Round, below.

The new power plants are expected to spur investments in Egypt as they will bring an end to the country’s power shortages, and stand as an example of a successful large-scale investment in Egypt, Upper Egypt Electricity Production Company head Ibrahim Al Shahat told Hona Al Asema’s Dina Zahra (watch, runtime: 21:01). Rep. Mohamed Elsewedy had much of the same to say to Masaa DMC’s Osama Kamal, whom he reminded of the rolling power outages that roiled the country post-2011 and led several factories to halt or significantly scale down their operations (watch, runtime: 9:47). We don’t know about them, but we haven’t noticed rolling blackouts in quite some time.

Egypt should now have an energy surplus that will allow for the expansion of industrial projects and will also cover the expected rise in household consumption in tandem with population growth until 2035, head of the technical affairs sector at the New and Renewable Energy Authority Ehab Ismail said on Yahduth fi Masr (watch, runtime: 2:00). Host Sherif Amer also had Rep. Hegazy Shaaban weigh in on the power plants and the recent increases in electricity prices (watch, runtime: 2:10 and runtime: 2:14).

Electricity Ministry Spokesman Ayman Hamza also blanketed the airwaves to tout the development in Egypt’s energy sector over the past four years, culminating in the completion of the 14.4 GW power plants (watch, runtime: 5:50).

Elsewhere on the airwaves, arts critic Tarek El Shenawy discussed the planned establishment of a committee to regulate festivals, concerts, and other “special events” with Hona Al Asema’s Dina Zahra. El Shenawy stressed that the committee’s mandate should be restricted to state-sponsored events and that its powers should not extend to the private sphere, which would be disastrous. He called on civil society to take over as a regulator for non-state events (watch, runtime: 6:13). Artist Taha Qorny, on the other hand, said the arts and culture scene is “completely out of control” and must be reined in (watch, runtime: 3:58).

Turkish illusionist Aref Ghafouri recounted his experience with an Egyptian physician who saved his life after being bitten by a cobra to Masaa DMC’s Osama Kamal (watch, runtime: 10:48).

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