KUWAIT: Power was cut in seven areas during various times when temperatures exceeded 50 degree C yesterday. Complaints to the call center kept coming due to repeated power cuts in Surra, Dhahr, Zahra, Sabahiya, Salwa, Kabd and Wafra farms. Citizens were upset with the unannounced cuts, which means there are some defects in the power network in some areas. Emergency teams moved in as soon as they received the calls and dealt with the problems, and in some cases used giant generators to restore power. Daily consumption of electricity hit record levels of over 12,600 megawatts this year in Kuwait, while the Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW) had prepared for the hot summer season by increasing production capacity to 13,000 megawatts a day.
In another development, MEW said freshwater will be connected to Khairan residential city when the number of occupied buildings reach a sufficient number to operate the water network safely and normally. Several owners asked about MEW plans to connect water to the city and asked the ministry what is the required number of buildings needed to get the water. They said power is already connected.
The Education Ministry has booked air tickets for new teachers hired from abroad – 2,490 teachers from Cairo, Egypt and 148 from Amman, Jordan. The ministry asked the interior to give permission for its vehicles to park at Kuwait airport to transport teachers starting from Aug 15 until the last flight. The education ministry also asked the health ministry to prepare a TB unit to examine teachers mornings and evenings during weekdays, weekends and holidays at their work starting from Aug 15.
The Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority (KDIPA) began field visits to the locations of Kuwaiti economic sites in Abdaly, Naayem and Wafra in preparation for the second stage of the project. The authority received the feasibility study on establishing a nearly 18-sq-km area, including six reports in English and Arabic covering all economic, engineering, environmental, financial, legal and entertainment aspects.
By Meshaal Al-Enezi and A Saleh