20,000 workers secure energy for all consumers: Ministry official
The Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW) has 20,000 employees who are working on securing power and water for all consumers, Undersecretary Engineer Mohammad Bushehri said. Bushehri spoke Thursday evening during a gathering to discuss power rationalization, held in Yarmouk in the presence of Mayor Abdelaziz Al-Meshari. “The services go through three stages; production, which involves turbines, transport and distribution,” he explained
He said Kuwait has seven producing power plants in Sibbiya, Shuwaikh, East Doha, West Doha, Shuaiba, as well as north and south Zoor, adding that the current production is enough. As for water, Bushehri said that production goes through several stages until water reaches the faucet. Furthermore, he indicated that 75 percent of bottled water sold in Kuwait is filled with water produced from the ministry’s desalination plants.
As for subsidies, Bushehri said that in the previous budget, subsidies reached KD 2.4 billion, while fuel cost the country KD 1.4 billion. The cost of power in Kuwait is
high as each kilowatt costs KD 0.028 while it is being sold for KD 0.002. Kuwait consumes 350,000 oil barrels to produce power and water, and each gallon of water costs KD 6 and is sold for KD 0.800 only. The increase in the price of power and water, which go into effect next month, will hit investment and commercial buildings, as the new electricity tariff will be KD 0.008 per kilowatt, he said, adding that private residence will be exempted from the increase. Moreover, he pointed out that the price of water gallon will be increased gradually from KD 0.800 to KD 1 to KD 1.5, and that other sectors such as chalets, stables, industrial, and commercial will see the increase on February 22, 2018.