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‘No plans to cut power supply in private houses of defaulters’

Undersecretary of Ministry of Water and Electricity Eng Mohammad Bushehri.

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 17: Ministry of Electricity and Water Undersecretary Muhammad Bu Shehri has reiterated that there is no plan to cut power supply in private houses regardless of the bill amount.

In addition, Bu Shehri affirmed the ministry will start implementing new electricity charges for the investment sector on Aug 22, 2017. He also explained the cost of producing one kilowatt of electricity is 28 fils while the consumers pay only two fils; indicating that if the bill is KD 2, it means the State pays KD26 and if the bill is KD 20, the State pays KD 260.

In a symposium on conserving energy at Menawer Diwan under the patronage of Farwaniya Governor Sheikh Faisal Al-Homoud recently, Bu Shehri confirmed the ministry has eased procedures for consumers to pay their bills through various channels, including K-net and the relevant offices.

On the other hand, Bu Shehri revealed Kuwait is one of the countries in the Middle East with the highest water reserve — 4,200 million gallons. He said the cost of producing 1,000 gallons of water is KD 6 while the amount paid by consumers is only 800 fils.

He clarified that if the water bill is KD 80, this means the State pays KD 520. He went on to say the total cost of producing energy for fiscal 2016/2017 was KD 1,200 million; pointing out that a saving of one percent is already equal to KD 12 million. He added the total subsidy for electricity and water in the last fiscal year reached KD 2.5 billion.

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