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Oman drives to cut power losses

Oman's Authority for Electricity Regulation (AER) is aiming to reduce system losses in the northern electricity grid to around half their current levels by 2012, the Oman Daily Observer has reported.

Oman's Authority for Electricity Regulation (AER) is aiming to reduce system losses in the northern electricity grid to around half their current levels by 2012, the Oman Daily Observer has reported.

The Authority's 2006 report said technical and non-technical losses accounted for 22% of total units entering the Main Interconnected System (MIS) last year - slightly less than the 23.9% of units lost in 2005. However, losses in the Salalah power system increased from 15% to 18%.

"While some degree of technical losses is unavoidable, non-technical losses are a source of inefficiency that increase total supply costs and electricity subsidy," the Authority stated in its annual report.

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