Egypt to resume power outages from Monday after one-month suspension



Sun, 14 Apr 2024 - 06:28 GMT


Sun, 14 Apr 2024 - 06:28 GMT

CAIRO – 14 April 2024: The Ministry of Electricity has announced that it will resume daily power outages for inhabitants in various governorates starting from Monday, according to a ministry official.

The official stated that the power cuts will occur for a maximum duration of one hour, taking place between 11 AM and 5 PM every day.

This decision follows the Cabinet's approval in February to suspend the load-shedding program throughout Egypt during the holy month of Ramadan and the Eid Al-Fitr holiday.

The official holiday of Eid Al-Fitr concludes on Sunday.

The Cabinet has been implementing systematic power cuts in the different governorates since July last year due to the severe heatwave and significant increase in electricity consumption last summer.

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

Since June 2015, Egypt has achieved energy independence and electricity surplus, becoming also a significant exporter of natural gas, primarily to European markets.

In 2018, Egypt proudly announced the attainment of self-sufficiency in natural gas consumption, marking the end of gas imports.

This achievement was made possible by the steady growth in domestic production and the discovery of abundant gas reserves, notably the Zohr gas field located in the Mediterranean.

While Egypt experienced a surge in liquefied natural gas exports in 2022, reaching a value of $8.4 billion for 8 million tons, the latest data from S&P Global indicates that exports in 2023 declined by about 50 percent.



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