Qalaa showcasing biggest private-sector mega project

The government of Egypt tapped Qalaa’ Holdings’ leaders to showcase its subsidiary ERC, a greenfield refinery currently under construction in the Greater Cairo Area, in partnership with EGPC.

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Published: Sat 14 Mar 2015, 11:12 PM

Last updated: Fri 26 Jun 2015, 12:16 AM

Dubai — Global and regional delegates to the Egypt Economic Development Conference (EEDC) will look for lessons learned from the fully-funded $3.7 billion (E£30 billion) Egyptian Refining Company (ERC) project, which stands as the nation’s second-largest mega project currently under construction after the New Suez Canal.

The government of Egypt tapped Qalaa’ Holdings’ leaders to showcase its subsidiary ERC, a greenfield refinery currently under construction in the Greater Cairo Area, in partnership with EGPC.

Qalaa is highlighting the megaproject at the EEDC in Sharm El Sheikh this weekend.

“ERC illustrates Qalaa’s strategy of investing in and developing large, nationally-important infrastructure and industrial projects,” said Qalaa chairman and founder Ahmed Heikal.

“The project is fully funded and 50 per cent complete, putting it on track to begin production in 2017 as planned. ERC is a cornerstone of Egypt’s economic security and will reduce the nation’s present-day diesel imports by more than half. What’s more, ERC will cut Egypt’s current sulfur emissions by nearly one-third.”

“Heading into what we expect will be a very busy summer on site, with over 10,000 employees working on the project, I am pleased to note that all of our construction permits are in hand and thousands of tons of critical equipment have arrived in Egypt.”

Heikal will join industry leaders as well as Egypt’s minsters of petroleum and energy and electricity on stage today for a discussion on “Egypt’s Energy Equation.”

Meanwhile, Qalaa co-founder and managing director Hisham El Khazindar will present ERC as one of two case studies during the in-depth sector session on energy, joined by other national and global industry leaders.

“Egypt currently imports about 40% of its diesel needs. As the first new refinery to be built in Egypt in years, ERC is a landmark for the ‘New Egypt.’ The project is a model for what a ‘win-win’ industrial public-private partnership should be all about,” said El-Khazindar.

“Alongside continued investment in resource development, this is a moment at which our nation must ‘think big’ — to create assets that can make meaningful, ongoing contributions to national growth. ERC does so in a manner that not only adds value to existing resources, but that also marshaled billions in foreign direct investment to develop an environmentally and socially responsible project.”

— business@khaleejtimes.com



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