CSCEC gets steel supply for Egypt's CBD from China despite COVID-19

The shipment was dispatched, gated-in, loaded from China under the shutdown of land transportation due to the pandemic

CSCEC received the scheduled supply of 3,094.4 tonnes of structural steel components [representational]
CSCEC received the scheduled supply of 3,094.4 tonnes of structural steel components [representational]

China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) revealed that on 28 February it received the scheduled supply of 3,094.4 tonnes (3,411 tons) of structural steel components — despite the pandemic novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak — required for the under construction 20-tower Central Business District (CBD) in Egypt’s New Administrative Capital.

In a statement CSCEC said: “The shipment was dispatched, gated-in, and loaded under the circumstances of the COVID-19 outbreak and the shutdown of land transportation.”

The shipment arrived at the Port of Ain Sokhna in Egypt, with bulk of the construction components having loaded from China, during the Spring Festival and travelled by sea for 28 days.

Later, in two days the components were transported by land to the construction site at the New Administrative Capital, marking the first shipment of materials that arrived after the Chinese New Year for the CBD project.

According to CSCEC, 70% of the construction materials for the project were sourced from the local market. However, core components including steel were imported from China, which made it difficult under the outbreak as maritime supply chai related work.

Speaking about the shipment being delivered, despite restrictions around COVID-19, the executive general manager of the CBD Iconic Tower project at CSCEC Egypt, Wei Jianxun, said: “The arrival of these large-size materials not only ensures the orderly construction of the Iconic Tower, but also boosts the morale of the project staff to both battle COVID-19 and accomplish the project.”

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