The Egyptian-Emirates Group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Egyptian Minister of Agriculture last March during the EEDC in Sharm el Sheikh to  develop a plan regarding the reclamation of 220,000 acres in Kom Ombo, Aswan, using solar energy, according to the Daily News Egypt.

Hosny Al-Ayouty, agricultural counselor for the Group explained during the international conference for economic integration, “Misr Bab Al-Wasl” that solar energy will replace traditional fossil energy in extracting water from wells and irrigate the land. The added-value of the project will be achieved through the food industries that will be established within the area, Al-Ayouty added.

The company will coordinate with the Ministry of Irrigation in order to drill the wells and extract the necessary water to reclaim the targeted lands, Al-Ayouty noted. He also clarified that the project will include the establishment of a green city as well as housing and services projects.