No power cuts in Ramadan: minister
Minister of Electricity Mohamed Shaker - YOUM7

CAIRO: There will be no power cuts during Ramadan as the capacity of the national power grid now exceeds demand, Electricity Minister Mohamed Shaker told Youm7 Tuesday.

Surplus at the power grid reaches 7,000 megawatts per day sometimes, Shaker said.

The Islamic month of Ramadan begins June 6 this year. Over the past few years Ramadan has fallen over the summer making the public grow impatient with rolling power cuts as demand increases in the hot season.

In the past year, however, the government embarked on several projects to increase its electric production that had started to affect the workflow at factories.

On May 26, Egypt and Siemens inaugurated the world’s largest H-class combined-cycle power plant in Upper Egypt.

The plant in Beni Suef, Upper Egypt has a capacity to generate 4,800 megawatts; it is fueled by natural gas and cost two billion euros.

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