President of Egypt Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on Tuesday gave his full support and commitment to the 1,619-km undersea EuroAfrica Interconnector cable that will connect the electricity grids of Egypt, Cyprus and Greece with Europe.
El-Sisi made his declaration during a meeting with the Chairman and CEO of the EuroAfrica Interconnector Nasos Ktorides in Nicosia during his official state visit to Cyprus.
“President El-Sisi gave his full endorsement for the necessary and timely approval of the project by the government of Egypt so that it can be completed within 36 months,” Ktorides said after presenting the president of Egypt with a route map of the electricity cable.
The EuroAfrica Interconnector is a bi-directional 2,000 MW electricity link that will make Egypt part of the European electricity network.
The cable will be connected from Egypt to continental Europe via Cyprus, Crete and Attica in Greece.
The meeting between El-Sisi and Ktorides follows a memorandum of understanding that was signed in Cairo on February 6 where Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Dr Mohamed Shaker highlighted the importance of the submarine electric cable as part of Egypt’s strategic plan for economic development and energy security.
President Sisi also expressed his government’s commitment to the EuroAfrica Interconnector requesting that he be regularly informed on the progress of the project and to ensure that the whole project is successfully completed within the desired timeframes.