Oman Daily Observer

New elec­tric­ity tar­iff will be ap­plied grad­u­ally, says top of­fi­cial

- ZAKARIA FIKRI Business

The new elec­tric­ity con­sump­tion bill has not been re­scinded, but it will be ap­plied in a phased man­ner. Gen­er­ally, the Jan­uary bill in­cludes the ap­proved tar­iff as per the reg­u­la­tions pub­lished in De­cem­ber which in­volves the grad­ual ap­pli­ca­tion of the new tar­iff over the year.

This was stated by Qais bin Saud al Zakwani, Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor, Author­ity for Public Ser­vices Reg­u­la­tion (APSR).

He said that the ap­proved tar­iff for the first group is 15 baisas, which will be ap­plied grad­u­ally over the year start­ing with 11 baisas in the first month for elec­tric­ity con­sump­tion up to 2,000 kilo­watts. He added the mech­a­nism for the grad­ual ap­pli­ca­tion of the new tar­iff is the purview of the Na­tional Sub­sidy Sys­tem Com­mit­tee.

It has been ru­moured that the new elec­tric­ity tar­iff has been re­voked as its was sup­posed to be en­forced in Jan­uary as per the sub­sidy re­ori­en­ta­tion reg­u­la­tion is­sued by the APSR. Jan­uary bill was cal­cu­lated based on 11 baisas in­stead of 15 baisas for con­sump­tion up to 2,000 kilo­watts, and 14 baisas in­stead of 20 baisas for elec­tric­ity con­sump­tion up to 4,000 kilo­watts. The bill for elec­tric­ity con­sump­tion above 4,000 kilo­watts will be 22 baisas in­stead of 30 baisas, the of­fi­cial said, adding that the new tar­iff will be ap­plied grad­u­ally.

The ap­proved tar­iff for the first group is 15 baisas, which will be ap­plied grad­u­ally over the year start­ing with 11 baisas in the first month for elec­tric­ity con­sump­tion up to 2,000 kilo­watts

NEW TAR­IFF STRUC­TURE

QAIS BIN SAUD AL ZAKWANI Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor (APSR)

The new tar­iff struc­ture in­cludes the fol­low­ing cat­e­gories: Big con­sumers cat­e­gory that in­cludes all sub­scribers of all the cat­e­gories ex­cept the res­i­den­tial cat­e­gory who con­sume 100 megawatts per hour in a year or more, and the cost-re­flec­tive tar­iff (CRT) is ap­plied to all sub­scribers in this cat­e­gory.

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