Egyptian electricity and renewable energy minister, Mohamed Shaker has said the government will not be able to prevent power cuts this summer, Reuters has reported. “Eliminating blackouts and reducing loads this summer is impossible,” Shaker said. The minister said the government would try to “reduce to the lowest level possible” but acknowledged that the problem would take “a few years” to resolve. Summer blackouts have hit Egypt in the past few years as successive governments have failed to develop a sound strategy to tap major natural gas reserves even as a rapidly growing population boosted demand for the fuel.
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