Mahlab will end power outages by using alternatives
Mohammad Ali Pasha mosque in Cairo, Egypt during a power outage in the surrounding neigborhood - AP/Amr Nabil

CAIRO: The power crisis is going to be controlled soon by using alternatives, Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab said in a statement said during a tour in Qena governorate Monday.

The government is going to pump 1,800 MW of electricity in the networks while simultaneously searching for alternatives of solar energy and wind to generate electricity, Al-Ahram reported Monday.

Mahlab has been in Upper Egypt since Saturday; he started his tour in Luxor by opening two solar energy stations in the Faculty of Fine Arts and cabinet of conservation. He later checked the project of installing 150 surveillance cameras throughout the city streets there.

Accompanied by seven misters, Mahlab assured during his tour that the government is preparing for prominent projects in Upper Egypt. The investigation of supply has a huge responsibility to find the errors and arrest the greedy traders.

Egypt has been suffering a power crisis for more than a year during ousted President Mohamed Morsi’s regime, whenelectricity cut daily for hours. After President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi was elected along with a new government, the situation did not improve much since the Ministry of Electricity cut off light everyday to reduce the loads from electrical networks.

“The government planned to end the crises of power outages by using other energy alternatives to generate electricity; we are working on strict procedures to stop the daily power outages,” Mahlab said.

He denied in an official statement that he determined a specific date of when the crisis will end, as other statements reported by different newspapers that Mahlab assured Monday during his tour that the crisis will end within 45 days.

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