The Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Tarek El Molla, and Minister of Environment, Yasmin Fouad, discussed the industrial drainage problem in the Gulf of Suez, according to a press release.

The two ministers followed up on the petroleum companies’ plans to reach effective and sustainable environmental reform in accordance with the Environmental Law and its Executive Regulations. These companies include Gulf of Suez Petroleum Company (GUPCO), Petrogulf, Al Amal Petroleum Company (Amapetco), East Zeit Petroleum (ZEITCO), Suez Oil Processing, and El Nasr Petroleum Company.

Additionally, the ministers delved into the executive measures taken by the aforementioned companies to reach environmental compatibility, which include offering tenders to international industrial wastewater treatment companies to establish treatment units.

El Molla suggested forming a committee headed by the two ministers, the heads of the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC), and the Environmental Affairs Agency to overcome any difficulties and adhere to fixed timetables towards environmental reform.

On her part, Fouad suggested assigning an environmental consultant to review the reform plans and submit a report on their environmental validity and compatibility before submitting them to the Environmental Affairs Agency.

They agreed to hold another meeting to follow up on these executive measures and their developments by mid-April.