Green guidelines embedded in plans for Egypt’s new capital

The project to develop Egypt’s new administrative capital, currently underway, has adopted a technical and economical approach in order to make it a sustainable and green city from the outset.

“At the design phase, we issued a document as a guideline for all developers, for all contractors, for all the people working at the site, in order to maintain the same idea and the same concept during the lifetime of the project,” said Mohamed Al Desouky, energy director, ACUD Administrative Capital for Urban Development.

He said this will also help once the project is complete for operation and maintenance of the resulting power grid.

“If it’s efficient, if it’s smart, this will help the cost operational maintenance of the grid,” he told Real Asset Insight’s Richard Betts.

Power generation is geared towards use of PV panels. “Because the land cost is high we thought about the use of PV on rooftops.” A code was issued that maintains that 15% at least of the power from each roof goes to the grid.

Controlling the grid will create considerable data and three data centres have been created as a result, some of the capacity of which will be rented to other customers in the new capital.