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Thu 31 May 2007 02:20 PM

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Power outage hits Qatar

Problems with a number of power plants left large parts of the state without electricity.

Much of Qatar was forced to cope with sweltering heat and humidity yesterday when a problems with a number of the state’s power plants left residents without electricity for hours.

Problems with the power plants belonging to Ras Laffan Power Company, Qatar Power Company and Qatar Electricity and Water Company (Kahraba) triggered a power outage that lasted for up to eight hours in some parts the country, reported the Qatar Peninsula.

Utility distributors Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) said its networks witnessed disruptions in supplies between 1.16pm and 1.43pm, but did not give any details about the reasons for the disruption.

It is thought low pressure of gas supplied to some turbines was the cause of the problem.

Electricity was restored in phases starting from 1.54pm, Kahramaa said, and by 3.31pm supplies were back to normal, except for in a few areas.

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