Committee calls for compensating citizens affected by power outage

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AMMAN — The Lower House Energy and Minerals Committee on Tuesday has recommended that citizens who were proven to have incurred losses due to the power outage during the recent storm be compensated, according to the head of the committee, MP Firas Al-Ajarmeh.اضافة اعلان

Ajarmeh said lawmakers will pass recommendations to the Ministry of Energy to follow up on work by a consulting company that was tasked to evaluate the power grid and take a decision, including compensation for citizens who incurred losses as a result of the power cuts and upgrading the electricity distribution companies’ capacity during the peak hours and their response to emergencies.

Earlier this week the Cabinet decided to hire a consulting firm to assess the status of the electrical network in various regions of the Kingdom, especially in the capital Amman. The council has also called for modernizing the power grid and setting standards for evaluating the performance of electricity distribution companies so that they are compatible with international standards. The companies will be held accountable according to the agreed upon standards.

The committee has recommended that the capacity of telephone exchanges at the power companies be raised. It also called to raise the capacity of telephone exchanges at relevant government agencies to deal with emergency calls.

The committee also recommended the modernization of the distribution grids and electrical transformers, in addition to the development of a comprehensive and specific plan to remove all obstacles facing the aerial and underground power lines.

He said in a press release that the committee proposed a master plan to remove all obstacles to overhead and ground power lines and install a power control and monitoring system at the main stations of the national electricity company and air circuit breakers on low-voltage networks.

Last Saturday, the Lower House Energy Committee launched an investigation regarding the power outages during the recent storm, in the presence of the energy minister and the head of the Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission.

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