North Delta Electricity Distribution Company (NDECO) has allocated EGP 79.9 million to replace overhead power transmission lines, passing over residential areas, with underground cables, Amwal Al-Ghad reported.

NDECO projects were discussed during a meeting between the Minister of Electricity, Mohamed Shaker and the company’s Managing Director, Mohamed Assal, to follow up on the company’s achievements and projects across the country until June 2019.

Assal stated that the company is committed to the health, safety and environment (HSE) standards in implementing its investment plan that included replacing 35 medium-voltage lines at a 308.673-kilometer (KM) length, 275 converters, 25.541 KM low-voltage cables and 10,429.408 KM low-voltage overhead lines.

NDECO also installed 12 medium-voltage lines, at a 163.137-KM length, as well as 421.982-KM medium voltage cables, 5.56-KM low-voltage cables, and 865.26-KM low-voltage overhead lines.

The ambitious plan’s cost totals EGP 677.723 million, with an execution rate of 33.7%, according to Assal.

Furthermore, the North Delta company has installed 2.077 million prepaid electricity meters, covering 47% of the company’s client base. Moreover, a 6-year plan has been set to replace all meters with prepaid ones starting from fiscal year (FY) 2019/20.