Egypt is building an artificial river, spanning 114 kilometres in length, parallel to the Nile River, for irrigation purposes.

It is reported that, Egypt is digging through the desert to create the largest artificial river in the northwest of the country, next to the Dabaa nuclear power plant, as part of its ‘New Delta’ project.

The project, valued at $5.25 billion, will be the longest of its kind in the world and irrigate 2.2 million acres.

Professor of Water Resources and Irrigation Abbas Sharaky said, the first channel is 42 km long, including 26 km of pipes and 16 km of open tracks to transport about 10 million cubic meters from the Rashid branch within the Mostakbal Egypt project.

This, he said, represents the first of the 3 phases of the grand project in the New Delta, with a total of about 3.5 billion cubic meters annually to irrigate about 600,000 acres, in addition to groundwater wells to irrigate 450,000 acres, in which there are six large water pumping stations.