Representatives of the plan praise electricity: reducing loads is not their fault

Representatives of the plan praise electricity: reducing loads is not their fault




Safaa Essam El Din


Published on: Tuesday, February 13, 2024 – 3:30 PM | Last updated: Tuesday, February 13, 2024 – 3:30 PM

Representatives of the House of Representatives’ Planning and Budget Committee praised the efforts made by the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy in the past period, noting that the power outage crisis is not the ministry’s responsibility.

During today’s committee meeting, the head of the committee, MP Fakhri Al-Feki, thanked the Minister of Electricity, Mohamed Shaker, and officials in the ministry for the effort made, hoping that the severity of load shedding will disappear in the coming period.

Representative Yasser Omar, representative of the committee, said that the Ministry of Electricity has no fault in the problem that Egypt is currently experiencing due to the power outages and the load shedding plan.

He added: “This is a word of truth. Electricity is not to blame for the problem that Egypt is currently experiencing. There would not have been a crisis had it not been for gas, and the ministry played a major role, especially after 2011. We know the effort made, and we prove that to history.”

Omar confirmed that there is no problem in the electricity production stations or networks.

He said: “These stations need natural gas to operate, and with the increase in consumption pressure, the government is forced to consume larger quantities of gas, so the loads are reduced.”

In another context, Adel Abdel Latif Al-Shazly, representative of the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy, reviewed the details of the final account of the Ministry’s General Office for the year 22/23, and explained that the volume of investments amounted to 8.9 billion pounds with a 98.9% implementation rate, and the actual grants amounted to about 9.5 million pounds with an implementation rate. 100%.

Omar asked about the investments in the final account for the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2023, for the Ministry of Electricity and the nature of projects during that period.

Ayman Al-Sheikh, Director General of Strategic Planning and Policies at the Ministry of Electricity, commented, explaining that with the outbreak of the Russian-Ukrainian war, and Egypt importing most of its wheat share from Ukraine, the political leadership’s view was towards ensuring food security through land reclamation, despite the high cost.

He stressed that the projects were intended to support the reclamation of national projects, starting with East Owainat, Toshka, and most recently the New Delta.



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