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Tue 29 May 2007 12:48 AM

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Kuwait expects summer power cuts

The government has warned residents to prepare for a repeat of last summer's power shortages.

Kuwait's government warned residents on Monday to prepare for a repeat of last summer's power cuts in the coming four months.

The Gulf Arab state is facing power shortages as residents crank up air conditioning units during the summer heat.

Minister of Water and Electricity Mohammad al-Olaim told state news agency KUNA that power consumption was exceeding the Gulf Arab state's capacity by 20 %.

The government would do what it could to keep power outages to a minimum, he said.

Kuwait has five power-generating plants with a combined capacity of 9,100 megawatts, he said.

The government said in March it was considering an import terminal for liquefied natural gas and gas imports from Iraq and Iran to help match soaring demand for electricity. Kuwait and other Gulf Arab states were also considering nuclear power.

The ministry has invited companies to submit bids for projects to boost power capacity.

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