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Load reduction measures will continue indefinitely, Egypt’s Electricity Ministry confirms

A source at Egypt’s Electricity Ministry confirmed that National Electricity Control Centers will continue the load shedding system in accordance with the instructions of the Cabinet.

There is no set date for ending the outages, the source added.

The source also told Al-Masry Al-Youm that electricity production is linked to the quantities of gas obtained, and explained the ministry already owns electricity stations to generate what covers all needs.

In July, the Cabinet announced the start of the load-reducing policy with schedules announced for all parts of Egypt.

Each electricity distribution company has shared load-reducing schedules at its customer service headquarters and on the official pages of each company, explaining dates and locations of power outages.

The government also announced measures to rationalize electricity consumption, including implementing a system for government employees to work from home on Sundays of every week during August.

These measures concern ministries and government departments that possess a high technological infrastructure.

Electricity production companies observed a noticeable increase in electricity consumption in August compared to last year.

Although the government’s decisions to rationalize power usage had a limited impact in reducing the volume of consumption, home use remains the biggest source – coming close to 50 percent of the total volume of the nation’s electricity consumption.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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