Bahrain in $285m bid to cut summer blackouts
Manama, May 31, 2011
Bahrain has spent BD107.5 million ($285.2 million) beefing up the country's electricity network in a bid to cut the number of blackouts this summer, said a senior government official.
BD21 million was ploughed into improving the country's substations and another BD20 million building new facilities, added Energy Minister Dr Abuldhussain Mirza.
'The Electricity and Water Authority (EWA) has also strengthened its distribution network with the establishment of eight 66-kilovolt stations at a cost of BD45 million,' he said.
'They are in Louzy, eastern Sanad, Manama Port, Suwaifiya, Prince Khalifa Port, Wadi Al Sail, Wadi Umm Al Nassan and Bapco Refinery.'
Dr Mirza said nine voltage transformers, seven other 66-kilovolt distribution stations and two 220-kilovolt distribution stations were replaced at a cost of BD5.3 million.
Another BD15 million was spent building three new electricity networks in Maqabah, Salmabad and near A'ali.
The Dry Dock Electricity Network had also been completed at a cost of BD1.2 million.
Dr Mirza announced the government would also spend a further BD27 million strengthening its distribution stations.
He said Bahrain had enough electricity, but due to excessive use and ageing networks some power cuts were inevitable.
Dr Mirza pledged the EWA would deal with emergencies round-the-clock and all complaints would be solved within five working days. – TradeArabia News Service