Kuwait facing two critical weeks as temperatures soar

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Kuwait urges power rationalization

KUWAIT CITY, July 30, (Agencies): In light of the expectations of the Meteorological Department of high weather temperatures by the beginning of next August, the Ministry of Electricity is facing two critical weeks, during which electricity loads are expected to touch new record consumption levels, reports Al-Jarida daily. This has prompted the Ministry to appeal to consumers to adopt a rationalization policy during the peak season of consumption and heat, in order to avoid emergency outages as a result of increased loads. The MEW sources told the daily that the increase in each temperature is matched by an increase in loads exceeding 200 megawatts, pointing out that the expected consumption will not be more than 16,700 megawatts, while the production capacity exceeds 18,000 megawatts.

This means that things will remain under control especially since the maximum load recorded by the index during the current summer was 16,370 megawatts. The sources expect the summer peak to end on August 15, and explained that the ministry appeals to reduce loads to save fuel consumption used in production, and reduce the burdens and costs of annual maintenance of power production units.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Electricity, Water and Renewable Energy confirmed on Saturday that what was being published in some social media about shutting down air conditioners in some schools and government agencies and cutting off electricity in industrial areas, chalets, and farms is inaccurate. The ministry said in a statement that the routine emergency plan is implemented annually before the summer season and takes into account all possible scenarios for providing alternatives when need be.

The ministry continues the awareness campaigns to save electricity and water, reduce waste in consumption, and preserve and sustain the country’s resources through the optimal use of them.

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