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Power restored after blackout hits Kuwait – Outage blamed on cable failure at Subbiya plant

Kuwait Airport

Kuwait Airport

KUWAIT: Large parts of Kuwait plunged into darkness yesterday, disrupting traffic and leaving people stuck in elevators and Ferris wheels. The Ministry of Electricity and Water said the widespread power outage was due to cable failure that caused the Subbiya power station to lose 2,000 megawatts. Power was later gradually restored to the affected areas.

The blackout affected most of the country, including Hawally, Rumaithiya, Salwa, Fintas, Bayan, Mahboula, Salmiya, Shaab, Khaitan, Farwaniya, Rai and the Fourth Ring Road and adjacent neighborhoods. Kuwait International Airport, seaports, hospitals and major malls including The Avenues and Marina Mall were also hit by the blackout. Oil facilities were unaffected. Police and security personnel were on full alert to prevent any untoward incidents.

Incidentally, Minister of Electricity and Water Abdul-Aziz Al-Ibrahim last month said the nation's power grid will add 1,000 MW before the onset of the summer season. He said expansion works at the Zour South and Subbiya power plants will each add no less than 500 MW to the national grid. Ibrahim added expansion works at the Zour North power plant are almost 70 percent complete and will provide 230 MW to the national grid by July. He said the country has surplus electricity, but called on consumers to rationalize power usage.

By Shakir Reshamwala

 

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This article was published on 11/02/2015