“This giant project will be the creation of a new Suez Canal parallel to the current channel of a total length of 72 kilometres (44.74 miles),” Mohab Mamish, chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, told a conference in Ismailia, a port town on the Canal, in a televised broadcast.
He said the total estimated time for finishing the new channel would be five years, although Egypt will try to complete it in three years.
Close to 20 Egyptian companies could be involved in this ambitious project, all under the watchful eye of the Egyptian army.
Egyptian President Adel Fattah al-Sisi, a former army chief, explained that the involvement of the army in this project is for the reasons of security, seeing that the region is in turmoil over Egypt’s internal political issues, as well as the Israel-Gaza dispute.
The 145-year old existing Suez Canal is generating more than USD 5 billion income to Egypt on a yearly basis.