2 April 2014

Egypt: PM Urges Immediate Moves to End Power Cuts

Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab urged taking immediate moves to end frequent power cuts.

This came during a meeting between Mahlab and the ministers of petroleum and electricity.

The two ministers told Mahlab the reason behind the latest repeated power cuts was the emergency maintenance works of some power generation units and the shortage of diesel supplies due to some logistic procedures.

The PM gave directives to move forward deadlines set for the operation of new power plants to join service in June instead of August as was scheduled before. The new power plants are expected to provide an additional 2,400 megawatts once in operation.

The moves also include importing more quantities of diesel and liquefied gas and improving the efficiency of heavy fuel and mazut networks that operate power generation stations.

Mahlab said frequent power cuts reported over the past two weeks have slightly improved on Tuesday 2/4/2014 after the operation of the 500 megawatt Abu Qir plant and the increase in the amount of diesel provided to power plants.

Increased electricity generation by the Aswan High Dam and the diversion of diesel from industry to electricity supply will help improve the situation, he added.

The daily transportation of oil and diesel will be increased from 20,000 to 32,000 tonnes, and more diesel and liquefied oil for electricity generation will be imported.

Mahlab emphasized the necessity of being transparent and keeping citizens informed. He also ordered a weekly meeting to follow up on the implementation of the measures taken.

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