Power Cuts Continue, More Crises Created

National Yemen

Marib Power Plant

By YN Staff

The series of running crises in the country has not changed. Below is proof of the power crises in Yemen.

Yemen produces 480 megawatts of power, purchased from Southern companies, and the Mareb station produces 340 of those megawatts. Also, Yemen has 146.5 megawatts produced by six stations in Sana’a that are run by diesel. It also produces between 600 and 800 megawatts that are produced by the 24 electricity stations around the country.

Sana’a alone consumes around 320 to 340 megawatts according to official reports. These reports also stated that power consumption peaks in winter with 420 megawatts of usage. Sana’a does not solely depend on the Mareb station. This was presented in numbers in 2011 when Sana’a remained without power for more than 18 hours per day. The JMP celebrated this report which gave weight to their accusations against the former regime. Before forming a government of reconciliation, the JMP doubted the accuracy of Sana’a’s power consumption figures and accused the former regime of creating the crisis.  

The crisis was artificial and aimed to punish the all Yemenis who demanded change. However, the media nowadays has shifted their description of the crises towards cronies of the former regime, stating that their broad aim is to foil the progress of the current government.

The Ministry of Electricity keeps repeating the same excuses, claiming that power cuts can be attributed to the continuation of sabotages against power cables in Mareb. However, this is not logical because producing power in Yemen is limited to the station working with diesel. In comparison to what was reported, Mareb station started functioning in January 2010 and so has functioned for only two years and few months. This leads to one question. From where did Sana’a used to get its power supply before the inauguration of the Mareb gas station? Sana’a was dependant on six stations that ran by diesel and two other stations outside Sana’a. Stations of Hiziez, Dhahban and Qa’a used to produce half or around 40% of Sana’a’s power needs and can provide Sana’a with power for 11 to 13 hours per day.