Moderate weather in Aden brings more electricity to Sana'a

Published on 7 February 2012 in News
Malak Shaher (author)

Malak Shaher


SANA’A, Nov. 30 — 50 megawatts of capacity has been added to two power stations in Sana’a from the south of Yemen, as less electricity is used in the south nowadays, according to the Ministry of Electricity.

The head of the ministry’s Technical Control Department, Mahmoud Al-Wade’e, told the Yemen Times that moderate weather in the south has led to citizens there using less electricity for air conditioning.

He said that this helped them take 50 megawatts from the south and transplant it to the Hezyaz and Thahban power stations in Sana’a.

“Now people in Sana’a get six hours of power instead of four,” said Al-Wade’e.

Both the government and opposition have been exchanging accusations over responsibility for the electricity crisis. They have both also made promises of improving power services.

The head of Yemen's temporary government, Mohammad BaSondwa, said yesterday that Saudi Arabia and the United Arabs Emirates have agreed to provide Yemen with both power and petrol.

Adel Al-Selwi, deputy manager of Sana'a's Power Distribution Center, said that no plans have been finalized yet, but that he “hopes that they really translate into action.”

In June and July, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates provided Yemen with a total of three million barrels of crude oil.

A report published by the Ministry of Electricity and Power stated that at least 64 attacks on different power stations between April and October 2011 left Yemenis in northern areas with only two to three hours of electricity per day. The Marib Gas Station – which provides Sana’a with 40 percent of its power – has been specifically targeted.

The Minister of Electricity had said that grids between Sana’a and the Marib Gas Station were attacked in many places since February, when the uprising to topple Ali Abdullah Saleh's regime began.

The Sana'a-Marib grid has lost more than YR 15 billion – or USD 60 million – over the last ten months. Yemen's Electricity Corporation also stated that it was not able to raise the YR 19 billion needed to pay power investors and oil companies, not to mention funds needed to purchase spare parts and to repair damaged grids.