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Fewer cuts reported.

MEMBERS of the public overloading the national grid with unauthorised electrical expansions, as well as random acts of vandalism, have been blamed for sporadic power cuts this summer.

There have been fewer cuts than in previous years thanks to an expanded national power network and the launch of a GCC electricity grid.

However, Works Minister and Electricity and Water Authority (EWA) in-charge Fahmi Al Jowder acknowledged there had still been some cuts during the summer months - when demand for power surges due to increased use of air-conditioning.

"May and June, the two transitional months, have passed without problems and so have the past two months," he said.

"Hopefully, we will have no more cuts until the end of the year."

He was speaking during a visit to the Northern Municipal Council's new headquarters yesterday.

However, during the meeting, council chairman Yousif Al Boori said he was withholding judgement on Bahrain's power performance until the end of the summer.

"The authority should wait until the end of next month before celebrating success," he said.

"Things can't go smoothly without co-operation between the EWA and the council and there are still future projects that we want in the governorate to ensure that people are getting better electricity supplies."

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Date:Aug 21, 2009
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