Ministry of Electricity details measures to stop LE 2B in losses to theft



Tue, 21 Mar 2023 - 09:52 GMT


Tue, 21 Mar 2023 - 09:52 GMT

Electric towers - FILE

Electric towers - FILE

CAIRO - 21 March 2023: The Ministry of Electricity installs code meters, gives judicial arrest power for its officers, and outsources the task of recording meter readings to eliminate yearly L.E.2 billion in losses to electricity theft.


One of the most effective measures to reduce theft is that the ministry outsources the recording of prepaid electricity meters to a company called Shuaa to ensure that the meter is not tampered with, Minister of Electricity Mohamed Shaker told Egypt Today Tuesday.


Shuaa also registers the details of subscribers that are not recorded at the Egyptian Holding Company for Electricity.


Nine branches of the Holding Company for Electricity distribute power across Egypt. The company has installed 2.1 million code meters for illegal buildings and conducted 2.2 million inspections for requests to shift from the practice system to the prepaid system, reducing losses in the company, according to Shaker.


Another measure that also contributed to regulate charging rates was giving judicial arrest powers to the ministry’s employees.


However, stealing electric currents would not completely stop until a complete transformation into a smart electricity grid, Shaker said, adding that the ministry is heading towards that goal.


On the other hand, losses resulting from technical problems have been significantly reduced after huge developments to the electricity transmission and production grids, the minister explained.


Today, loss to technical issues in the national grid conforms to international standards.


The sprawling of unplanned residential areas is a main reason behind losses in the national electricity grid and affects the quality of service that reaches all citizens, Shaker emphasized.


He reiterated that the state is determined to put an end to such encroachments that have adverse effects on both the state and citizens. The law has been updated to criminalize the theft of electricity to be punishable by up to a jail sentence.





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