Last Update 22:53
Monday, 23 September 2019

Attack downs electricity pylon in Nile Delta

The explosion in Qalioubiya governorate is the seventh such incident in two weeks, officials say

Ahram Online , Sunday 27 Jul 2014
Repairs underway near a power pylon near Al-Nubariya, north of Cairo, targeted by assailants on 23 July, 2014 (Photo: Al-Ahram Arabic news website)
Views: 1850
Views: 1850

Unknown assailants have blown up an electricity pylon in Qalioubiya governorate, north of Cairo.

The attack, late on Saturday, is the latest in a series of similar incidents, an electricity ministry spokesman told Ahram Online.

The explosion damaged the trestles of the 500kv tower, causing it to collapse, spokesperson Mohamed Yamany said, without elaborating on how the incident took place.

The attack, which took place during the night rush time, has had effects further afield. It caused cuts to two circuits at a station in the northern Mediterranean town of Abu Kir with a capacity of 1300 megawatt, Yamany added, saying the units had been repaired shortly after.

Repairs should take between four to six weeks and cost LE3 million (around $420,000), with necessary diversions being carried out to prevent power shortages in affected areas.

The explosion is the seventh in two weeks, according to Ahmed Hanafy, head of the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company.

Egypt's electricity grid has come under frequent attack by unknown assailants targeting electricity substations, towers and circuits in several parts of the country.

On Wednesday, assailants blew up a pylon feeding West Cairo and a district north of the capital.

Egypt has already been plagued by recurrent summer blackouts due to a severe energy crunch.

Bombings and shootings by militant Islamists, mainly targeting army and police personnel, have been commonplace since the military ouster of president Mohamed Morsi, an Islamist, last summer

Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

28-07-2014 06:13am
Attacks on Egyptians
These attackers show hatred for all Egyptians by their indiscriminate attacks on the grid affecting a broad spectrum of society
Comment's Title

© 2010 Ahram Online.