Egypt commences digging new Suez Canal

Bulldozers and trucks are seen in a demonstration of the equipment which will be used as part of plans for a major upgrade of the Suez Canal, in Cairo August 5, 2014. (Reuters)

Dry excavation work in the new Suez Canal commenced on Sunday as three thousand trucks and loaders in addition to 7,500 workers began work on site, Kamel al-Waziri, supervisor of “the New Suez Canal” project said, according to Al Arabiya News channel.

Waziri, also an engineering unit chief of staff at the Egyptian armed forces, told reporters that as many as 40 companies are conducting these excavation works, adding that he expects the number to increase to 63.

More companies sought to conduct the excavation following an order from president Abedl-Fattah al-Sisi to decrease the project’s duration from three years to one year, he added.

According to Waziri, the current 40 companies will be digging dry-digging 35 kilometers for the new channel. He added that sand dredged from excavation work will reach 0.5 million cubic meters every day.

Waziri said specific areas were assigned to companies based on the size of their operations and equipment.

The number of laborers on site has reached around 7,500 but it will double by the end of the week to 15,000, he said.



Last Update: Tuesday, 12 August 2014 KSA 23:55 - GMT 20:55

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