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Kuwait says no more planned power cuts

Any future programmed cuts would be implemented as a 'last solution', ministry official says.

Kuwait says no more planned power cuts
SUFFICIENT: Kuwait says its electricity sector has enough reserves to avoid having to resort to programmed power cuts.

Kuwait’s electricity sector has enough reserves to avoid having to resort to programmed power cuts, it was reported on Wednesday.

Iyad Al-Falah, assistant undersecretary for technical services at the Ministry of Electricity and Water told the Kuwait Electricity Conference and Exhibition that the country had enough reserves at present and that any programmed cuts would be implemented as a “last solution”, according to a report in the Kuwait Times newspaper.

“If people come across announcements about programmed power cuts, it will be caused by maintenance work performed on some generators," Al-Falah is quoted as saying. Al-Falah added that the expansion of development plans over the past few years had put pressure on supply.

"The greatest challenge is the increasing demand of power supply as a result of the expansion of development projects that have been growing rapidly during the past few years. This caused the need to build new stations and renew existing ones to match with this rise according to the best international standards,” he said.

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