Mareb Gas Power Station powerless again
Mohammed Al-Shaibani, the general manger of the electricity transportation lines at the Public Electricity Corporation, said the electric technical teams continue to hold negotiations with Al-Shabwan tribes in Mareb in order to fix the damages Mareb Gas Power Station sustained Tuesday.
Following Tuesday’s attacks, the Mareb Gas Power Station was damaged enough to stop operating, which led to repetitive power outages in numerous governorates, particularly in Sana’a.
For his part, Mohammed Al-Jadasi, a local from Mareb, said people affiliated with Al Shabwan tribes in Al-Wadi district attacked the electricity lines Tuesday afternoon around 2 p.m.
The attack, he said, was to protest the capital punishment verdict handed down by the Specialized Yemeni Criminal Court to Mubark Al-Shabwani, who belongs to Al Shabwan tribe.
Al-Shabwani is accused of being affiliated with Al-Qaeda, an extremist organization prevalent in Yemen.
On Tuesday, the Specialized Yemeni Criminal Court sentenced Al-Shabwani and Mansour Daleel to death. Both of them were convicted of being involved with the engineering of criminal acts against security and military figures.
Al Shabwan tribes signed a petition last March stating that anyone incriminated for destructive acts against electricity infrastructure would be fined one million riyals, according to Al-Masdar online website.
Al-Shaibani said the assaults caused damage to the station, to the electricity machines and to the entire electric system in the station.
He added the electricity towers have were attacked 38 times in 2012.
The Public Electricity Corporation in Yemen suffered a loss of more than 33 billion riyals because of the regular attacks on the Mareb powerline, according to a report released by the corporation.
The Sana’a-Mareb electricity transportation lines have been subjected to 140 attacks since 2010, the report found.