Egypt resumes load-shedding scheme nationwide

Ahram Online , Thursday 14 Dec 2023

The nationwide load-shedding programme in Egypt resumed on Wednesday after a brief pause during the three-day voting period of the country’s 2024 presidential elections.

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This picture taken after sunset on July 24, 2023 shows a view of the Cairo skyline from the Moqattam district. AFP

 

The power cut plan, in place since summer, was suspended temporarily from 9 to 11 December to ensure the regularity and smooth running of the electoral process inside polling stations.

The National Electricity Control Centre has instructed electricity distribution companies to resume the load-shedding plan, which involves rotating power cuts lasting one to two hours per day, a source told Ahraminfo on Wednesday 

“Load shedding of one to two hours per day has been restored in various regions of the country. The schedules differ from one governorate to another,” the source added.

The Egyptian government introduced in mid-July a nationwide load-shedding programme to alleviate the mounting pressure on the country's gas network strained by rising temperatures, which raised demands for air conditioning.

In August, the government announced daily scheduled power cuts, releasing a map detailing the time and duration of power cuts in each district countrywide, following public outcry.

However, several MPs have claimed the schedule is not being followed.

The duration was extended in October, with the government attributing the matter to the rise in consumption rate and the drop in gas imports amid the Gaza war.

Egypt, which achieved self-sufficiency in electricity in June 2015, seeks to reduce local power consumption and cut the amount of natural gas used in generating electricity, to in turn export it and boost foreign currency reserves.

Egypt faces a $17 billion financing gap, which forced it to take various measures to secure hard currency, including increasing gas exports.

In early October, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said Egypt can save EGP 108 billion ($3.49 billion) annually through the daily power cut plan that began in July.

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