Egypt starts load shedding program, urges citizens to avoid elevators at specified times



Sun, 23 Jul 2023 - 11:33 GMT


Sun, 23 Jul 2023 - 11:33 GMT

CAIRO – 23 July 2023: Egypt started on Sunday a load shedding program that includes power cuts at specified times, advising citizens against the use of elevators at these times for their safety.

According to a statement by the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC), the authorities started the program at 12 AM on Sunday.

Power cuts will occur during the 10 minutes before and after the top of the hour and will last for an hour or less, the EEHC said, affirming that this comes in accordance with the power capacities required for each control unit.

Last week, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli said Egypt will continue to implement load shedding until the middle of this week amid a drop in gas pressure in the electricity networks due to the heatwave striking the country.

During a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Madbouly noted that the state initiated the implementation of load shedding two days ago due to the current severe heatwave and significant increase in electricity consumption.

The increased consumption has put severe pressure on the power networks and subsequently led to a drop in their gas pressure, Madbouly said.

The premier emphasized the need for continuing the implementation of various measures that contribute to reducing overall electricity consumption.

Over the past week, Egypt has witnessed extremely hot and humid weather across all regions, especially during daytime with temperatures topping 40 degrees Celsius in many areas, including Cairo.



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