NEPCO records unprecedented electricity load, declared preparedness

An undated photo of an electrical worker in Jordan. (File photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — The National Electric Power Company (NEPCO) received 122 complaints on Sunday, and dealt with the problems quickly, said NEPCO Director and media spokesman Mohamed Seifan on Monday, according to the website FactJo.اضافة اعلان

Seifan said that the electricity grid experienced an  “unprecedented” load on  Sunday night alone of 2,345 megawatts, as people resorted to electric heating devices, adding that the company’s workers are in the field to fix problems.

He also advised inspection of submersible pumps in buildings in low-lying areas, to ensure that water does not reach electric cables, and rationing consumption to ease the load on the grid.

NEPCO personnel are ready to fix problems created by the weather conditions, and thus ensure a continuous supply of electricity in the Amman, Zarqa, Madaba, and Balqa governorates, he said.

The company said in a statement that its trained cadres are ready to implement efficiently and professionally the emergency plan that was prepared to deal with all conditions, especially the low temperatures that currently affect the Kingdom, keen to serve subscribers efficiently and competently.

As part of its preparedness plan, the company provided all governorates within its jurisdiction with a stock of materials and necessary spare parts, the statement said, adding that its cadres work around the clock to ensure its annual plans are implemented to the fullest to serve the country and the subscribers.

The company gives high importance to maintaining the safety of citizens and workers, and focuses on delivering electricity to subscribers relying on the modernization and development plans it has begun to implement, in order to provide optimal services and deal with any glitch that may disrupt the flow of electricity.

Over the past months, in preparation for winter, the company said it implemented an integrated maintenance program to the electrical network, automated transmission stations for remote monitoring and control, washing the insulators of medium-voltage pneumatic lines with distilled water and trimming branches of trees in which its grid is nested.

The company also implemented many electrical network development and expansion projects, at a cost of more than JD40 million, within this past year, including building new main and sub-conversion stations, extending new feeder construction lines, and strengthening the existing ones. Through the plan, a special project has been completed to develop the electrical network that serves subscribers in the areas of Al-Saro, Taiba, Al-Jamarek, Al-Kharabsheh, Al-Mayseh, and Dahiyat Al-Zohour, to avoid outages during the winter period, through setting up a new main station next to Al-Ahliyya Amman University and converting several medium-pressure overhead lines into terrestrial cables.

The company called on citizens to ration consumption as much as possible during winter, not to rely too heavily on electric heating, inspect submersible pumps on the ground floors, urgently report the rise in water levels that may reach electrical wires and meters, and to avoid installations that could be blown over by the wind and cause power cuts.

Read more Business