Kuwait declares power cuts during peak hours in summer.

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Kuwait declares power cuts during peak hours in summer.

A member state of OPEC releases a load-shedding timetable in response to the intense summer heat and power demand.

Due to the intense summer heat, Kuwait has declared temporary power outages in certain areas of the country during hours of high consumption. The country claims it is unable to handle the increasing demand.

Kuwait declares power cuts during peak hours in summer.
Kuwait’s Ministry of Electricity, Water, and Renewable Energy announced in a statement on Wednesday that the planned blackouts would last for up to two hours per day. This is the first time an OPEC member state has taken such a measure as rising temperatures are a result of climate change.

“The inability of power plants to meet increased demand” during peak hours due to “a rise in temperatures compared to the same period in previous years” was cited as the reason behind the reduction.

The ministry asked citizens to limit their use in order to lessen the strain on power plants, and on Thursday it released a schedule of anticipated cuts in various regions of the nation.

Kuwait is regarded as one of the hottest desert nations in the world and is one of the major producers of crude oil within the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec).

The summer peaks have been longer and hotter in recent years due to climate change.

During Kuwait’s summer months, energy-guzzling air conditioners are commonplace due to the intense heat.

Kuwait’s Meteorological Department reports that temperatures on Thursday were close to 50°C (122°C).

Scientist and astronomer Adel Al-Saadoun of Kuwait stated, “What we are experiencing today is the result of climate change,” adding that temperatures are predicted to rise above 50°C in the next several days.

Short-term contracts were made by Kuwait last month to purchase 500 megawatts of electricity throughout the summer, including 200 MW from Qatar and 300 MW from Oman. Contract durations were set for June 1 through August 31.

According to Kuwaiti energy expert Kamel Harami, the Gulf nation needs to modernize its energy infrastructure.

“The available energy is not sufficient, and instead of relying on oil and gas, we must go towards nuclear, solar and wind energy,” he stated to AFP.

“This is only the beginning of the crisis, and the programmed cuts of electricity will continue in the coming years if we do not accelerate the construction of power stations.”

A sixty-year-old Kuwaiti woman named Umm Mohammed reported that on Wednesday, she was without electricity for two hours.

She told AFP that the house stayed cold during the brief outage, so “we weren’t severely affected.”

She claimed that “some people turn their homes into refrigerators, even when they are not inside, and this raises the load” on power plants.

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