Egypt to build 228-mln-USD facility to turn rice straw into wood

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CAIRO, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- Egypt will set up a facility worth 228 million U.S. dollars to convert rice straw into wood in a bid to limit air pollution resulting from burning the straw, official Ahram Online news website reported on Thursday.

The plant, in the Nile Delta's Beheira Province, will produce 205,000 square meters a year of medium-density fiberboards (MDF), using technologies by Germany's plant engineering firm Siempelkamp, which will help carry out the project, Ahram Online reported.

Burning agricultural waste, mostly rice straw, has for years posed a major environmental challenge and caused severe air pollution in the already highly-polluted country.

A deal for the project was signed on Thursday between newly-established state wood technology company WOTECH and state-owned oil firm Petrojet during an international energy conference in Cairo, the website reported, adding that another agreement was signed with the German firm.

The plant will produce high-quality local products that will be used in various sectors like furniture, construction, and decoration. Enditem

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