TCI Sanmar Chemicals Company, the largest Indian investment in Egypt, announced the installation of a cutting-edge Air Ambient Monitoring station in the southern Port Said Governorate to assess contamination levels and improve air quality in the surrounding residential areas
The station was dedicated and delivered to the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA) and tested earlier this month in an effort to ensure the cleanliness and purity of the environment surrounding residential areas, thereby safeguarding the wellbeing of the community.
The company invested nearly US$300,000 in the latest Air Ambient Monitoring station, which was supplied by Thermo Fisher Scientific, a world leader in serving science. The station was installed at Al-Raswa Primary School, located in the populated Emirati Neighbourhood area in the southern Port Said Governorate. Additionally, the station was installed following the technical requirements and specifications provided by the EEAA, as well as adhering to the guidelines set forth by the agency.
Furthermore, the EEAA will take full responsibility for the maintenance, operation, and calibration of the station starting from the date of delivery with an aim to guarantee uninterrupted and precise data availability. This will enable a comprehensive assessment of the air quality levels in the surrounding industrial zones, residential areas, as well as the entire city of Port Said. These efforts are sprung from TCI Sanmar’s commitment and core principles of preserving the environment it operates within.
This station includes devices that measure various air pollutants such as nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulphur dioxide, hydrogen sulphide, carbon monoxide, ozone, and solid particles with a diameter less than 10 micrometres and 2.5 micrometres. Additionally, the station is connected to the National Air Quality Monitoring Network, which is under the Ministry of Environment. With the establishment of this station, the total number of monitoring stations for ambient air pollutants in Port Said has reached three, in order to provide an accurate assessment of the air quality in the governorate.
H.E. Dr Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment, explained that the station was installed to support the Sustainable Development Strategy 2030, while promoting local development, sustainability, and community participation. Its purpose is to monitor and evaluate the air quality in the region to safeguard the health and safety of citizens. The installation and operation of the station followed the guidelines of the World Health Organisation for measuring ambient air pollutants, aligning with international standards and advancements.
P S Jayaraman, chairman of TCI Sanmar Chemicals, said, “We are pleased to announce the installation of our state-of-the-art Air Ambient Monitoring station, a significant step towards enhancing the air quality in and around Port Said's residential areas. At TCI Sanmar Chemicals, we prioritise the well-being of the community and are committed to sustainable development.
“This cutting-edge initiative reflects our dedication to environmental stewardship and our ongoing efforts to ensure a healthier and safer environment for the residents of Port Said. The advanced monitoring capabilities of this station will provide valuable data to assess the air quality comprehensively, enabling us to implement targeted measures for further improvement. We are proud to be at the forefront of this important effort, and we look forward to creating a positive impact on the quality of life in the city of Port Said.”