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Panel to examine cause of blackout, suggest solutions

By Petra - Jan 15,2014 - Last updated at Jan 15,2014

AMMAN — A committee formed on Wednesday is looking into the reasons behind a two-hour blackout that affected the Kingdom’s northern region and parts of the capital on Tuesday.

The panel, formed by Energy Minister Mohammad Hamed, will present a report by Sunday detailing the causes of the power outage and providing recommendations to avoid the recurrence of the incident.

Hamed decided to form the committee at a meeting with representatives of the National Electric Power Company (NEPCO), the Electricity Regulator Commission and the Samra Electric Power Generating Company.

The duration of Tuesday’s power cuts ranged between 15 minutes and two hours, depending on the area.

Hamed urged NEPCO to enhance the national power grid in the central region, and to increase its coordination with the control centre to better manage emergencies.

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