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MP bashes hiring of foreign firm after power outage report released

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AMMAN — A report by an Italian electrical company named “CESI” concluded that the power outage that swept the Kingdom on May 21, 2021, was caused by fluctuations of electrical currents between the Jordanian and Egyptian powerlines. During the meeting, some members of the Parliamentary Energy Committee expressed their displeasure over the choice to resort to a foreign analysis.اضافة اعلان

 This cause was revealed and discussed in a meeting on Monday with the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Saleh Kharabsheh, secretary-general of the ministry, Amani Alazzam, and director-general of the Jordanian Electric Power Company (JEPCO), Amjad Rawashdeh.

 During the meeting, a representative of JEPCO said that according to the report, a fluctuation in the electricity networks due to circumstances including the structure of the network, the spacing between generators and their locations, and the transmissions causes a significant impact on the frequency response.

 He added that the state of fluctuation that appeared in the Jordanian-Egyptian network was due to an increase in the line that connects Taba and Aqaba on May 21 and June 6, which led to a complete power outage in Jordan on May 21, and in southern Egypt on June 6.

 Regarding the report by CESI, Kharabsheh said that the ministry resorted to an international company to issue a report explaining the reasons for that outage to ensure an impartial and transparent analysis, adding that the cost of the CESI report amounted to 86,000 euros.

 The spokesperson of the Parliamentary Energy Committee, MP Abdullah Awwad, expressed his anger that CESI had taken five months to issue its report and told Jordan News that: “This report did not bring anything new.

Jordanian experts reached the same conclusion after less than a month of the outage, and they did not need five months to reach this conclusion.”

 Awwad added that there is no justification for relying on this Italian company to determine the reasons for the outage, as Jordan is fully competent and experienced to come to this conclusion.

 “I think that the JEPCO has relations with CESI, and the reason behind CESI’s adoption of the report may be to financially benefit the company, or another intention to issue a report that is inconsistent with JEPCO’s values. Jordan has many experts, but JEPCO preferred CESI over them,” he claimed.

 For his part, a member of the Parliamentary Energy Committee, Firas Al-Ajarmeh, said that what grieves him is not the report’s results but rather the government’s insistence on resorting to external parties to issue the report. At the same time, Jordan has highly competent and capable means that could have issued the same report.

 “Unfortunately, the government does not have confidence in our experiences, in general. There is an insistence on not respecting any local service whatever its form,” he shared.

 Previously, the Parliamentary Energy Committee formed a technical committee to study the cause of the power outage that occurred in Jordan on May 21. 

Their final report concluded the following: There was a case of power fluctuation on the Jordanian-Egyptian interconnection line of about 140MW, and the fluctuation began to decrease until it reached 70MW, and then rose again to 200MW.  

 However, when the fluctuation reached 300MW, the fluctuation of the voltage from 390kilovolts to 300kilovolts posed a threat to the security and stability of the electrical system, so the power was disconnected.

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