Power outage had no repercussions — Gov’t

Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Hala Zawati. (Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — The power outage that affected most areas of the Kingdom on Friday afternoon was caused by a “sudden electrical malfunction that struck the grid between Jordan and Egypt,” Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Hala Zawati said in a press conference on Friday night.اضافة اعلان

She added that the grid malfunction in turn caused disconnections at multiple points along overhead power lines and electrical generation plants, which resulted in the nationwide blackout.

“Any electrical system around the world could experience such an outage, however, thanks to the efforts of our national cadres and their cooperation, we managed to restore electricity across the Kingdom in record time,” Zawati explained.

Minister of State for Media Affairs and government spokesperson Sakher Dudin said during the conference: “Our greatest concern since the start of the power outage was to ensure that it had no repercussions on the work of vital sectors and facilities.”

Director of the National Electric Power Company (NEPCO) Amjad Al-Rawashdeh said at the conference that NEPCO had implemented an emergency plan put in place to address blackouts such as today’s, which he said “restored the electrical system gradually and safely.”

Minister of Health Feras Al-Hawari said at the conference: “What we went through today in Jordan was a difficult test that took us all by surprise. Thankfully, its outcomes were satisfactory and proved the efficacy of the plans that were developed to deal with such emergencies.”

Hawari added that efforts were made over the past two months to deal with such crises, particularly by the health sector, which cooperated with various others “to guarantee a sustained supply of oxygen, electricity and fuel.”

Minister of Interior Mazen Al-Faraya said the Kingdom on Friday had to deal with three separate issues, including the power outage, COVID-19 and protests across the Kingdom in support of Palestine, adding that no losses were incurred as a result of any of these issues.

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