REFILE-Egypt to dig new canal alongside Suez Canal -authority chairman

Tue Aug 5, 2014 4:09am EDT

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CAIRO Aug 5 (Reuters) - Egypt said on Tuesday it would build a new 72-km (45-mile) canal alongside the Suez Canal, the chairman of the Suez Canal Authority said.

"This giant project will be the creation of a new Suez Canal parallel to the current channel of a total length of 72 kilometres," Mohab Mamish told a conference in Ismailia, a port town on the Suez Canal, broadcast by state television. (Reporting by Ali Abdelaty and Oliver Holmes; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)