World Bulletin / News Desk
The Egyptian government has approved the use of coal for power generation amid increasingly frequent electricity cuts in the Arab world's most populous country.
In a Wednesday statement, the cabinet announced that coal could be used to generate power "in line with environmental regulations."
Suffering chronic fuel shortages, the government has reduced natural gas supplies to factories, prompting local cement firms to renew demands for alternative fuel sources.
The latest move by the government will allow factories, particularly those that produce cement, to use coal in their industrial operations.
It will also allow the government to establish power plants operated entirely by coal.
Wednesday's cabinet statement also underlined the need to adopt "modern technologies" aimed at reducing greenhouse emissions.
The government also said it planned to amend Egypt's environment law so it could fine on violators and impose taxes on factories that rely on coal.
Wednesday's decision had been delayed more than once due to opposition from Egypt's Environment Ministry.Last Mod: 03 Nisan 2014, 10:00