Egypt set to build world’s largest solar park: Reports

Egypt set to build world’s largest solar park: Reports
File photo of solar plants (REUTERS)
Updated 25 February 2018

Egypt set to build world’s largest solar park: Reports

Egypt set to build world’s largest solar park: Reports

Egypt is currently constructing what is set to become the world’s largest solar park. Authorities hope the park will produce something between 1.6-2.0GW of solar power by the middle of 2019, according to local reports.
The Benban solar park is located near Aswan and aims to increase Egypt’s energy generation capacity. It is named after a Nile River village close to the power plant in the Eastern region of the Sahara Desert.
The ambitious project could transform Egypt into a major solar energy player in the world.
The solar park will be given a 25 year contract to sell its electricity at 7.8 cents per kWh to the the state-owned Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) and pegged to the value of the US dollar.
So far, 29 projects have received financing of at least $1.8 billion. They represent almost 1.5GW of solar power to be produced on the 14.3 square-mile plot of land.
Egyptian officials believe the renewable energy project will produce 20 percent of Egypt’s power by 2020, and will serve 350,000 Egyptians and provide eco-friendly and cost-efficient power.


UK slams ‘illegal’ Israeli settlement plans 

The UK’s minister for the Middle East and North Africa on Monday slammed the Israeli government’s plans to expand settlements in the West Bank. (Reuters/File Photo)
The UK’s minister for the Middle East and North Africa on Monday slammed the Israeli government’s plans to expand settlements in the West Bank. (Reuters/File Photo)
Updated 58 min 15 sec ago

UK slams ‘illegal’ Israeli settlement plans 

The UK’s minister for the Middle East and North Africa on Monday slammed the Israeli government’s plans to expand settlements in the West Bank. (Reuters/File Photo)
  • Britain ‘seriously concerned’ by decision to approve 780 new units in West Bank

LONDON: The UK’s minister for the Middle East and North Africa on Monday slammed the Israeli government’s plans to expand settlements in the West Bank.

In a statement issued by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), James Cleverly said the UK is “seriously concerned by Israel’s decision to approve 780 new settlement units in the West Bank. We urge Israel not to proceed with their construction.” 

He added: “Settlements are illegal under international law and risk undermining the physical viability of the two state solution.”

The new plans were announced on Monday by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. On Sunday, a government committee moved to ratify the construction of some 365 homes while giving preliminary approval for another 415, according to Israeli anti-settlement campaign group Peace Now.

An FCDO spokesman called for the construction of settlements “in East Jerusalem and elsewhere in the West Bank to cease immediately.”

In November, Cleverly criticized Israel’s decision to start proceedings for the construction of 1,257 settlement homes in Givat HaMatos.