Suez Cement Companies Group and the Italian Italcementi Group inaugurated the first waste treatment plant in Egypt this month, with investments that amount to about €5-million.
The project is part of the Suez Cement Company’s strategy to boost the amount of energy it gets from fuel derived from bio-waste. The project uses about 45 000 tons of household waste to annually produce 35 000 tons of alternative fuel.
"The project will use the latest equipment and technologies available in this area," said Laila Eskander, Egypt's Minister of Environment Affairs. The ministry opposes imports of coal due to its negative effects on the environment and on people’s health.
Despite the country’s energy crisis, Suez Cement decided to stick to local law and contribute to solving the problem of waste as well, Laila said.