Jordan's NEPCO says further power cuts unlikely
Company says outages will only occur if another heat wave hits country
Jordan’s National Electric Power Company (NEPCO) has stated that it is unlikely to implement additional scheduled power cuts over the summer unless the Kingdom experiences another heat wave stronger than that endured last week.
The company’s general manager Ghaleb Maabreh has said that Jordan’s electrical systems have sufficient capacity to meet remaining summer demand, particularly as loads on the grid tend to decrease by between 100 – 150 MW during Ramadan. The previous heat wave – which saw temperatures reach over 40 Celsius – saw demand surge on the grid; a situation exacerbated by the lack of availability of imported Egyptian power due to similar conditions in Egypt.
In unrelated news, the Jordan Times has reported that NEPCO has shut the power off at Jordan’s Ministry of Water and Irrigation Headquarters due to an unpaid electricity bill of almost US $10 million. The Ministry is likely to be without power until the outstanding balance is settled, with sources suggesting that the water distribution programme could be affected if the dispute continues over a long period of time.