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Thursday’s major power outage is over: Electricity minister

A major power outage on Thursday saw the Cairo metro grind to a halt and local television go off air

Ahram Online, Friday 5 Sep 2014
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Minister of Electricity Mohamed Shaker announced on Friday that the power outage crisis that hit Egypt on Thursday was over and the situation is now stable.

Power cuts have become common in recent years, particularly in summer months, but Thursday saw an unusually severe power outage affecting Cairo and other major cities for several hours as a result of a technical malfunction affecting the national grid.

The power cut saw the Cairo metro grind to a halt, and several local television stations went off air.

In a statement on Friday to state agency MENA, Shaker said that there had been a load reduction on the national grid and 90 percent of the grid’s capacity had been restored.

Shaker promised that the full capacity of the electric grid in Egypt would be restored soon.

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