CAIRO: The Ministry of Petroleum ordered Saturday an additional six million tons of oil equivalent to power stations over the Ministry of Electricity’s urgent calls to avoid the frequent power cuts in the upcoming period, a ministry inside source told Al-Mal Business daily Saturday.
“The Ministry of Petroleum is currently directing 112 million tons of oil equivalent for power stations,” the source said and that the Ministry of Electricity would need a total of 125 million tons to work at full capacity.
“If the power stations get full capacity of 125 million tons of oil equivalent, the total generating capacity will not exceed 23,000 megawatts. This is because of the shortage of electricity plants, high temperatures, and the recent violent clashes,” the source added. The actual loads range between 25,000and 28,000 megawatts.
Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab announced in a speech Saturday that over 300 power stations were sabotaged in the past month of July, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported Saturday.
The sabotage operations targeted high-pressure electricity towers to completely paralyze the stations and energy flow, Mahlab said.
The solution to the current power crisis should be providing the needed fuel for electricity-generating stations, rationing consumption, and raising the efficiency of the plants, head of the Egyptian Electric Utility and Consumer Protection Regulatory Agency Hafez Salmawy told The Cairo Post in April.
To solve the electricity shortage crisis and avoid frequent power cuts, the Ministry of Local Development decided mid-July to establish an energy rationing unit in all governorates in the upcoming period, Mubasher reported.
In its developmental plan, the Ministry of Electricity is working on exploiting all sources for electricity generation such as wind, solar, gas plants, steam, hydro cycle generators, coal, and nuclear energy. All would be generated to add 73,000 megawatts of electricity in capacity by 2027 for a total of 97,000 megawatts, compared to current 23,000 megawatts, Al-Mal Business daily reported in July.