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CAIRO, June 22, 2018 (MENA) - A fire that engulfed late Thursday a lubricating oil tank at el Tebbin Power Plant has been contained, Egypt's Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy said in a statement.

Flames were seen rising from the building and workers suffered gas inhalation, the statement added.

The blaze resulted in killing a worker, the ministry said, noting that a probe is underway to find out its cause.

The statement indicated that Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Mohamed Shaker is closely following up the situation and has ordered that all relevant necessary measures be taken.

By the Gazette Editorial Board

Some parties have been showing considerable sensitivity towards any rise in the price of services, but one has to admit that the recent rise in the electricity bill, as announced last week, respected a strategy of social solidarity and took into consideration the right of the poor to a subsidised service.

 

A family's consumption of electricity is one of the main factors on which any government can measure the standard of living of its people. The ministry of electricity accordingly priced the kilo/watt of electricity according to the consumption of each house. Thus, the house that consumes no more than 200 kilo/watts, for example, would pay 36Pt per kilo/watt, that is around LE78 for the July bill with a price rise of LE18 if compared to the bill of June.

 

The people who consume more than 1,000 kilo/watts per month will pay 145Pt per kilo/watt, i.e. around LE1,491.5 for the July bill with a price rise of LE100 if compared to the June bill. This category will not enjoy any subsidy for the service.

 

Mohamed Shaker, the Minister of Electricity, chose to announce the price rise at a press conference. He also presented a precise schedule of 20 classifications of consumers, according to their actual consumption and the related pricing of the service.

 

Shaker denied connecting the rise in the service’s prices to the IMF demand in return for supporting the economic reforms. It was, he said, part of his ministry's policy of promoting the electricity sector and cutting the subsidy entirely by the financial year 2021–2022.

 

The price rise in the electricity service might not meet great opposition from citizens because of the real development they have found in the service since Shaker took the electricity portfolio in 2014.

 

Along with creating a large number of traditional power stations to overcome the terrible shortages of electricity the country used to suffer, the Ministry continues strengthening dependence on renewable sources of energy, such as wind and solar power, for the generation of electricity.

 

The marked development registered in this sector as well as in the electricity service could be why the citizens haven't expressed any opposition to this recent rise in prices of the service unlike the reaction when the ministry of transport introduced a rise in the metro fares.

 

Some parties attribute public reaction to the timing of the electricity price rise, coming, as it does, shortly before the end of Ramadan while people are busy with preparations for the feast as well as the Mondeal. The fact is, however, that this rise in electricity prices was no surprise. It was expected before the start of the new fiscal year.

 

Choosing to announce a rise in prices of some services by the end of June was an inevitable move for the outgoing government so as to cope with the allocations and spending of each ministry in the new budget for the 2018–2019 fiscal year.

CAIRO, June 12, 2018 (MENA) - Egypt's Minister of Electricity Mohamed Shaker revealed in a press conference on Tuesday the new electricity prices which will be effective as of July 1 as following.

1 - Housing use

First bracket: From 0 to 50 kilowatts (22 piasters up from 13).
Second bracket: From 51 kilowatts to 100 (30 piasters up from 22).
Third bracket: From 0 to 200 kilowatts (36 piasters up from 27).
Fourth bracket: From 201 to 350 kilowatts (70 piasters up from 55).
Fifth bracket: From 351 kilowatts to 650 (90 piasters up from 75)
Sixth bracket: From 651 to 1000 kilowatts (135 piasters up from 125).
Seventh bracket: From 0 to more than 1000 kilowatts (145 piasters up from 135).

2 - Commercial use

From 0 to 100 kilowatts (55 piasters up from 45).
From 0 to 250 kilowatts (100 piasters up from 84)
From 601 to 1000 kilowatts (115 up from of 135)
From 0 to over 1000 kilowatts (150 piasters up from 140)

CAIRO, June 11, 2018 (MENA) - Egypt's Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Mohamed Shaker will hold a press conference at the ministry's premises in Cairo on Tuesday to announce new electricity tariff categories, ministry spokesman Ayman Hamza said on Monday.

The new tariffs will be applicable as of July 1, 2018.

The new tariffs come as part of Egypt’s economic reform program, launched in July 2014 to slash spending on fuel and electricity subsidies to curb an budget deficit.

The application of electricity tariffs comes gradually as the government announces new prices each fiscal year.

CAIRO, May 26, 2018 (MENA) – Egypt's Prime Minister Sherif Ismail stressed Saturday that the government would strictly tackle the practices of stealing the electricity through adopting legal deterrent actions against the violators.

Such wrongdoing will handicap developing the power grids in the districts, in which these malpractices exist, Ismail said during his meeting with Electricity Minister Mohamed Shaker where they discussed the electricity theft phenomenon in some neighborhoods in the new cities.

By continuing supporting districts where electricity theft is rife, the country would appear as if it tolerates such a behavior which negatively affect respectful law-abiding citizens who duly pay their power bills, the premier added.

Stealing the electricity would lead to power blackouts due to the heavy electrical loads, especially in the summer season when consumption is always at its peak, Shaker said.

The minister urged citizens and households siphoning off electricity from the national power grid to go to the power distribution companies in their neighborhoods to adjust their status and have electricity meters fitted to receive the service legally.

 

CAIRO, April 26, 2018 - The Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy on Thursday denied that there would be increases in the price of electricity  for domestic uses.

 What is being circulated on some news websites concerning a future rise in the price of electricity is baseless and mere speculation, the Ministry's statement said.

It said that as part of its commitment to adhere to a policy of transparency in dealing with the public, a press conference would be held, as in previous years, following the approval of the new prices by the Cabinet.

The ministry called on all media outlets,  audio-visual or printed, to be accurate in giving out information so as not to  confuse the public.

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