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Winter electricity black outs return to Egypt
Frequent power cuts are occurring despite lower consumption due to fuel supply shortages
Ahram Online, Wednesday 29 Jan 2014
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The Zamalek neighborhood of Cairo, during a power short cut, in Egypt (Photo: AP)

Power cuts have become frequent in Egypt even in winter when consumption is considerably lower than in the summer.

During the last 10 days, Egyptians have reported regular electricity cuts, the second wave of its kind this winter.

An electricity problem is occurring despite a dip in consumption to a maximum of 22,000 megawatts compared to 34,000 megawatts during the hottest months of the summer.

According to a source in the ministry of electricity that requested anonymity, the shortfall between production and consumption is due to a fuel shortage, specifically natural gas and Mazut.

"We are working with the petroleum minister to increase fuel supplies even through increasing imports,” the source told Ahram Online.

Mounir Fakhry Abdel-Nour, minister of industry and foreign trade said in a conference on Tuesday that the energy crisis is likely to last for at least two years because oil and gas resources do not cover consumption.

The government has proposed that the cement industry, an intensive energy user, shift to coal, but this suggestion was rejected by Laila Iskander, minister for environmental affairs, as well as a number of NGOs that started the "Egyptians Against Coal" campaign.

Last week, Petroleum Minister Sherif Ismail said that the government will allow companies to import gas using the government's network, which could help address energy shortages that limit production.

Power cuts have become more frequent since August 2008, but have been mostly limited to summer. The phenomena in winter began in December 2012.



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ButrosSabar
30-01-2014 03:54pm
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Excessive usage must be made punishable by law
Egypt is going through a critical phase.To support Sisi certain strict measures need to be taken. Any one found to use excessive power must be held accountable,levied heavy fine or should be punished by other means.
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Guest
29-01-2014 09:10pm
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Solar energy?
Why does Egypt not switch to solar energy? In addition, wind power could be increased, there is plenty of room for wind farms in the desert.
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Farid
29-01-2014 08:40pm
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Free Energy Solutions
Why Ministry is not implementing free (Green) energy solutions? as example Solar Plants, they are the future with sunny country like Egypt - and sun is shining for FREE.
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