Egypt resumes load-shedding power cuts after Ramadan

Ahram Online , Monday 15 Apr 2024

Egypt resumed daily power cuts on Monday after a brief hiatus for the holy month of Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr vacation, according to media reports.

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File Photo: The sun sets behind high-voltage transmission towers in Egypt s Qalyubia governorate of the Nile Delta. AFP

 

The Egyptian cabinet has not issued an official statement regarding the issue.

However, media reports have circulated schedules prepared by governorates outlining the daily power cut timings for neighbourhoods and districts.

The load-shedding programme began in July 2023 to alleviate the mounting pressure on the country's gas network, strained by rising temperatures and the use of air conditioners. 

In October 2023, the Egyptian government extended the duration of the daily power cuts, driven by increasing temperatures and a decline in gas imports.

In January 2024, however, the cabinet announced it would restrict power cuts to morning hours during the mid-year exams season for the benefit of students.

According to the circulated schedules, the power cuts will last one to two hours and will be implemented between 11am and 5pm.

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has noted that the country could save EGP 108 billion ($3.49 billion) annually through the plan.

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