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No More blackouts!

Among the news of the Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW) for the summer of 2015 is the struggle of power cuts in some Kuwait areas, and the reasons, as stated by the ministry are “operational, malfunctions in the transforming stations, as well as a defects in power generators.”

According to a statement by the minister, an investigation committee determined that the problem is in maintenance and technical matters, which the ministry has nothing to do with! While the ministry had asked the Civil Service Commission to approve the allocation of KD 400 each to deserving employees as rewards for their efforts during the blackouts in February 2015.

Regardless of the power cut duration, be it minutes or hours, they are unbearable cuts under extreme heat, in addition to what it may cause, be it damage to air conditioners, systems, automatic gates and for some people, being stuck in their homes! Because of the repeated cuts, as what happened during last January’s catastrophe and at the start of this summer, the ministry must review the nature of preventive procedures, inspection and maintenance, in order to prevent the repetition of operation and malfunction mistakes.

There is more than one administrative and technical defect at the ministry also, besides the lack of cooperation between some official areas in rationalizing power consumption. But this does not relieve the ministry from its major responsibilities, because it is difficult to absorb what is going on and accept any justification.

There must be deep rooted solutions for the problem of repeated power cuts that became part of this country’s history! It is true that cooperation in rationalizing power consumption in government facilities as well as private ones and private homes is an important issue, but it is not the ideal solution, especially when we are dealing with operational problems and electric wires whose projected age is over!

Before thinking about paying the rewards, they should be thinking about how to guarantee the quality and development of MEW services or subsidize the sale of power generation through the Commerce Ministry’s rationalization cards.

— Translated by Kuwait Times

By Khalid A. Al-Tarrah

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This article was published on 08/07/2015