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Country facing power cuts as generators shut down

14 January 2016

North Cyprus faces power cuts as Aksa power station in Kalecik has been forced to shut down its main generators, because it has insufficient fuel to run the plant.

The government brought in a new ruling effective as of 1st January, 2016, banning the import of fuel with high sulphur dioxide content. Aksa’s latest order of fuel contains 3.5% sulphur dioxide which is above the new legal limit and is not allowed to be offloaded for the station.

To add to the problem, KIB-TEK is in the middle of major maintenance routines.

According to Cyprus Weekly, the electricity authority is considering buying more electricity from South Cyprus. However, it would require the go-ahead from the government to do so. Until then power cuts are inevitable.

Yeni Duzen, Cyprus Weekly

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