Egyptian MPs raise questions about prolonged power outages despite cooler weather

Ahram Online , Saturday 16 Sep 2023

MP Hala Abu El-Saad has submitted an urgent inquiry to the Egyptian government following complaints over prolonged power blackouts, despite lower temperatures in September.



The inquiry comes as social media has been abuzz with reports claiming that the Cabinet has increased daily power cuts from one to two hours this month.

Officially, no decisions have been issued by the government in this regard.

In mid-July, the government began a load-shedding programme nationwide to alleviate the mounting pressure on the country's gas network strained by hiking temperatures.

Abu El-Saad, a leading member of the Modern Egypt Party, pointed out that temperatures are lower than in July and August and as a result power consumption should be decreasing.

"There is no longer justification for reducing loads," she stressed in her question, as reported by Al-Shorouk news website on Friday. She called on on the government to explain the reasons behind the increased duration of the power outages experienced across various governorates.

The MP also pointed out that the load reduction schedule is not being adhered to.

"Why there has been a difference in the load reduction map with no prior notice to the citizens in order to sort out their affairs?" She added.

In early August, the government scheduled one-hour daily power cuts, releasing a map detailing the time and duration of power cuts in each district countrywide.

In her question Abu El-Saad demanded the government announce a definitive date by which it will phase out the load-reducing plan.

MP Maha Abdel-Nasser, who represents the Egyptian Social Democratic party, echoed El-Saad’s demands. In a Facebook post, she called on the government to explain the reasons behind the recent power cuts despite its previous promise to end them by the end of summer.

Abdel-Nasser also called on the Cabinet to disclose its plan to end the cuts, reminding the government that it had bragged about ending the electricity crisis in the country over the past years.

In late July, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly asserted in a press conference that the ongoing electricity load reduction programme would continue as long as temperatures surpass 35 degrees Celsius.

He indicated that power cuts might continue through the second or third week of September.


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