Committee holds JEPCO accountable for winter power outage

Amman Snow
(File photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — Parliamentary sources said on Thursday that the report on the power outage that occurred during last winter’s snowstorm is holding the Jordan Electric Power Company (JEPCO) accountable, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.اضافة اعلان

According to the report, the tangling of wires in tree branches was the main cause of grid damage and power outages.

The report, which will be discussed soon by the Parliamentary Energy Committee and the government, also recommended maintenances work on the power grids and its infrastructure, by the power company, and recommended that the Ministry of Agriculture authorize JEPCO to cut trees overlapping grid lines

Jordan in January witnessed a snowstorm that caused power outage for several days in many areas of the country.

Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh said in January, that power going off for many hours, sometimes reaching 36 hours is unacceptable.

Also in January, Khasawneh assigned Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Saleh Al-Kharabsheh to immediately form an independent investigation committee immediately to look into the details of the power outage.

The Council of Ministers decided in the same session to assign a consulting company to assess the status of the electrical network in various regions of the Kingdom, especially in the capital, Amman, and to work on updating it, and set standards for evaluating the performance of electricity distribution companies so that they are compatible with international standards.

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