Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Tarek El Molla announced that participation in the state’s program for the reconstruction of villages affected by the floods comes within the framework of the Higher Committee for Social Responsibility in the petroleum sector.
El Molla added that it unifies efforts of the petroleum sector companies in this framework and directs them to support the sustainable development goals adopted by the state within Vision 2030.
This was carried out in coordination with a number of petroleum companies, concerned authorities, and civil society, El Molla said, pointing to the execution of the first phase of reconstruction for Khor Awada village which was affected by the torrential rains in Aswan. It is being carried out in cooperation with the Aswan Governorate and the Orman Association.
The first phase of the village reconstruction program costs about EGP 10 million and includes establishing a floods spillway for the village to avoid a recurrence of the crisis, rebuilding and furnishing 50 homes, and paving roads. It also includes providing sustainable income by financing a project for each family linked to the available capabilities and the skills of families, the minister noted.
Egypt witnessed great solidarity among different sectors, government institutions, and civil society to quickly mitigate the effects of the flood crisis, which began as soon as it occurred, whether by providing families with alternative housing in the units of the Salam neighborhood in the city of Allaqi or providing the medical and nutritional needs of our people, which came from all the governorates of Egypt, El Molla said.
The construction of the village is scheduled to be completed in the two next phases, with the participation of several petroleum companies in this initiative. This includes Petrojet, BP, Shell, Kuwait Energy, ENAP Sipetrol, Petronas, Total, TransGlobe, Chevron, Apache, Neptune Energy, Energean, Mubadala Petroleum, Apex International Energy, Baker Hughes, Schlumberger, Cheiron Energy, and Wintershall Dea.
A joint work team from the Ministry, national, and international companies in the petroleum sector had conducted a field visit to the village of Khor Awada in Aswan. The goal was to examine the current situation and study the needs of the village, and then a complete vision was developed that guarantees a decent life and sustainable development for the village families.