Failure in Aqaba Thermal Power Plant leaves Jordan in darkness

Published August 10th, 2004 - 02:00 GMT

A sudden massive power blackout hit Jordan Late Monday, blanketing the entire kingdom in darkness for over an hour. 


“The electric outage that affected all 12 governorates, was caused by a technical failure in the Aqaba Thermal Power Plant, which supplies the country with the major bulk of its needs,” National Electric Power Company Director General Ahmad Hiyasat said.  


According to The Jordan Times, the blackout occurred when gas supplies from Egypt to the Aqaba plant's generating units were cut off.  


The plant, established in 1986, used to function on heavy fuel before switching recently to natural gas.  


The biggest power plant in Jordan produces 43 per cent of the Kingdom's maximum generating capacity of 1,500 megawatts.  


According to Hiyasat, the outage occurred at around 7:40pm and electricity was restored at around 8:50pm.  


Jordan's Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Azmi Khreisat told the Jordan News Agency, Petra, that an ad hoc committee was formed to precisely determine what happened. (

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