20,000 work­ers se­cure en­ergy for all con­sumers: Min­istry of­fi­cial

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Me­shaal Al-Enezi

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

Mo­ham­mad Bushehri

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.

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