Kuwait sees 1st electricity outage since 1990

DOHA (AA) – A technical problem caused an electricity outage in several parts of Kuwait on Wednesday for the first time in years, which brought to local minds the memory of the Iraqi invasion of the Gulf country in 1990.

The Ministry of Electricity and Water said in a statement that a technical problem at one of Kuwait's electricity plants caused protection machines to suspend the delivery of electricity to protect the national electrical grid, according to the official news agency.

The ministry added that work was underway to fix the problem and bring electricity back as soon as possible.

Electricity and Water Minister Abdel-Aziz al-Ibrahim said the technical problem had reduced the electricity generation capacity in Kuwait to 3,700 megawatts from a total of 5,700 megawatts.

Kuwaiti cyberspace activists, meanwhile, said that the outage had reminded them of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990 when electricity went out too.

According to activists, the blackout was the first in Kuwait since the Iraqi invasion of the Gulf state.

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