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Kuwait pledges to tackle summer blackouts

Minister says measures being introduced to minimise power cuts in Gulf state.

Kuwait pledges to tackle summer blackouts

Kuwait said on Sunday that ending the country's power shortage and blackouts crisis was its number one priority.

Addressing parliament's special session on the problem, Bader Al-Shreiaan, Minister of Electricity and Water, said the government would be tackling the issue from two angles.

It would be putting in short-term measures to reduce power load during the summer, and would be looking to improve long-term power production, he said in comments published by KUNA News Agency.

He said the ministry had installed equipment to raise the efficiency of power stations which were in highest demand.

Maintenance of power lines was also being increased to reduce the effect of weather changes and humidity on conductivity, the minister said.

The minister also announced hotlines to receive complaints and inquiries in all areas in Kuwait, saying consumers could call 152 or 1870000 to ask for help in the event of blackouts.

He also called on citizens to use power supplies sensibly in the summer.

"The power crisis is a national crisis," the minister stressed, adding: "Citizens need to understand all aspects of the problem, realise their part, and take part in the solutions."

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