Cairo metro 1st line resumes after 90 minutes of power cut
Cairo metro station - YOUM7

CAIRO: Train traffic in Cairo’s Helwan-Marg metro line has resumed Tuesday morning after one and half hours of partial hiatus caused by power outage, Youm7 reported.

The traffic between Helwan and al-Shouhada metro stations has completely stopped Tuesday morning due to a power outage that occurred in Torra al-Balad metro station.

“Citizens walked on the rails to cut the distance between al-Shohada Station, in which the metro stops, to their destinations,” said Youm7.

In June, a presidential statement quoted Minister of Electricity Mohamed Shaker saying that Egypt is witnessing an “overflow” in electricity production, although not all power plants in an urgent plan to curb the country’s energy crisis have operated.

Rolling blackouts in Egypt have become routine in the past few years, especially during the peak usage season in the summer, a crisis largely attributed to fuel shortages.

Egyptian government is making efforts to tackle the country’s energy crisis, in which rolling power cuts in the summer caused by fuel shortfalls at power plants and increasing demand have become routine since the January 25 Revolution in 2011.

Officials at the Electricity Ministry told Youm7 that 2,100 megawatts have been added to the national grid during the past 5 months.

To procure energy for running power plants for this summer, Egypt has recently contracted five foreign companies to import 90 shipments of fuel, 45 of which are scheduled to be delivered in 2015 and 2016.

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