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Egypt to reduce electricity load-shedding plan during Ramadan

The Egyptian Cabinet announced a temporary halt to its electrical load-shedding plan starting in March for up to a month, with a new decision on the matter to be issued after the end of Ramadan.

During its meeting on Thursday, the Cabinet agreed to stop implementing the plan to reduce electrical loads during the holy month of Ramadan.

Ramadan this year is expected to begin Monday, March 11 after the Egyptian Dar al-Iftaa surveys the legal sighting of the crescent on 29th of Shaban 1445 Hijri – the actual date remains to be officially announced.

The government put its plan of load reductions in place on July 17, brought on by increased electricity consumption due to searing heatwaves across the nation.

The plan involved cutting off electricity throughout the country to reduce daily consumption, which had risen to up to 36 gigawatts.

Ministry of Electricity officials reportedly plan that electricity loads in Egypt will continue to be reduced until March, due to a decrease in fuel supplied to production stations aiming to benefit from gas exports during the coming months.

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