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MEW working to avoid any power cuts during summer
May 9, 2015, 9:55 am
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Assistant Undersecretary for Planning and Training at Ministry of Electricity and Water Meshan Al-Otaibi says the ministry is working assiduously to continue providing uninterrupted power supply, especially with the advent of the summer season when the electricity load will increase due to high consumption rate, reports a local daily. He explained that Kuwait deals with huge equipment and networks, including 10,000 sub-networks, due to which power failures cover just an insignificant part of the networks.

Al-Otaibi indicated that Kuwait is among countries with low rate of power failures globally, adding that it is normally experienced for few minutes before the power is restored. He assured that the ministry is working hard to ensure continuity of uninterrupted power supply, affirming that the ministry has added two new power stations to the subsisting ones.

Al-Otaibi explained that the ministry provides standby alternative power gen- Nod to e-portal for visa issues erators in all areas in case of power failures lasting over two hours. The ministry has carried out maintenance works on all power stations across the country preparatory for the summer challenge. He affirmed that activating connection to the GCC power grid has commenced, except that some water distillation networks were still under maintenance. Regarding the power outage experienced in major parts of the country in February, Al-Otaibi clarified that it was due to certain atmospheric factors, stressing that the last time a similar incident happened was in 2010. He hinted that Kuwait will experience additional electricity load shortly.

Since some areas had previously experienced power failure as the summer season approaches, he indicated that the incident caused some citizens to express concern about what could happen during the upcoming summer season. In another development, the Consumer Affairs Department of Ministry of Electricity and Water has launched a new enquiry service on social networking websites whereby consumers can send their inquiries 24 hours 7 days a week, reports a local daily.

Assistant Undersecretary for Consumer Affairs Abdullah Al-Hajri said the aim of this service is to communicate directly with the consumers for hearing their opinions and answering the inquiries, adding that this service will reduce the difficulties the consumers face every time they are in need for information and want to enquire about issues.

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