The Ministry of Transport plans to establish the first dry port in Egypt, in New 6th of October City, in partnership with the Private Sector System (PPP). The implementation, management and operation of the port will be by an alliance led by El Sewedy Electric Group, in partnership with the German Company DB Schenker Egypt and El Sewedy Logistics Property Company (SLP) through October Dry Port Company.
The project aims to distribute the goods imported/exported through the Egyptian seaports, especially the ports of Alexandria and El Dekheila.
Environics was commissioned to prepare a full ESIA (Category C) to address project activities during the construction and operation phases, in addition to conducting a Public Consultation meeting to present and discuss the results of the ESIA with project stakeholders, as well as clarify project components.
The study was prepared in accordance with the relevant National Legislative Framework, the International Financing Institutions Guidelines and Regulations, namely: The applicable Performance Requirements (PRs) of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Operational Safeguards of the African Development Bank (AFDB), as well as the relevant Regional and International Agreements and Treaties.
The scope of work encompassed: reviewing the project’s provided information, conducting a site visit to collect information on the site-specific characteristics, and identifying the communities and entities likely to be impacted by the project and preparing Stakeholders’ List, as well as conducting individual scoping meetings with EEAA representatives.
The ESIA included: study objectives and scope, the relevant legal and administrative framework, description of the project: components, activities, infrastructure, utilities, inputs, outputs, and the environmental and social aspects associated with the construction and operation, as well as description of the baseline environment supported with measurements of air quality and noise carried out by an accredited lab.
Moreover, project alternatives were analyzed, potential environmental and social impacts were assessed, proper mitigation measures were recommended, and the Environmental and Social Management Plan, as well as the Social Engagement Plan (SEP) were developed.