Electric production surpassed consumption for one hour Thursday
A high-pressure electricity tower - REUTERS

CAIRO: The Egyptian Electric Utility and Consumer Protection Regulatory Agency (EGYPTERA) released a statement on its Facebook page, Friday, regarding electricity consumption Thursday.

The maximum load was at 7:20 p.m. which reached 23,100 megawatts, while the minimum was at 6 a.m. which reached 15,485 megawatts.

EGYPTERA added that consumption exceeded production for one hour on Thursday, between 7 and 8 pm.

The agency announced Thursday that in the case that the power network reaches its maximum load, they may have to cut off electricity.

It added in its statement that power outages could be avoided by minimizing light bulbs and shutting down a few devices at peak periods, including washing machines, electric ovens and water heaters.

On Wednesday the period in which consumption exceeding production was more than two hours, but in Tuesday it did not record an excess in consumption.

EGYPTERA released a press statement Wednesday saying that they did have to cut power last week, while the Ministry of Electricity and Energy continues its measures aiming to add 2,400 megawatts to face the high demand on electricity.

Minister Mohamed Shaker added, “The regularity of the electricity current was due to cooperation between citizens and authorities in rationing consumption, in addition to the regularity of the fuel supplies needed to operate power plants.”

An important official in the Ministry told Reuters Wednesday that Egypt needs more than U.S. $4 billion to fix the power plants, which is considered to be a challenge for the next president to resolve the increasing issue of power outages, especially during summer.

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