CAIRO: The growing demand for petroleum is due to personal-use electricity generators, said Amr Mustafa, the deputy head of Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation Saturday.
Mustafa denied any crisis in the supply of petroleum products, adding that generators consume more than 1,000 tons of fuel daily, in addition to the usual consumption of 18,000 tons daily.
Egypt has experienced a number of rolling blackouts, which usually intensify in the summer months, due to a grid that cannot handle daily demands.
Mohammed Shaker, the Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, attributed the outages to two main reasons: a number of electricity stations out of service, and limited supplies of natural gas, gasoline, diesel oil and benzene directed for the electricity stations, reported Sada Al Balad Thursday.
Shaker recommended that Egyptian ration their consumption of energy.
Additional reporting by Naglaa Kamal .