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Jordan prepares for increased summer demand

National Electricity Co has contingency plans for over-stretched grid

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Jordan's Minister of Energy has called for more investment in renewable energy sources. (GETTY IMAGES)
Jordan's Minister of Energy has called for more investment in renewable energy sources. (GETTY IMAGES)

Jordan's National Electricity Company has reported that it has prepared contingency plans to meet the predicted surge in summer power demand, driven higher when visitors to the country double in number.

The company is currently struggling with high debts following a reduction in Egyptian gas supplies that fuel the country's power plants, causing the firm to look to more expensive fuel sources. Egypt has stated that it is working to restore the gas supplies which have been reduced since explosions on the pipeline in February 2011.

Jordan's Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Alaa Batayneh has been briefed on the plans to avoid power outages during periods of high grid load. The minister has also called for priority to be given to renewable power alternatives and has urged greater private sector investment in the technology.

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