Additional power subsidy for summer months in Oman welcomed

An extra welcome to energy subsidies for the summer months in Oman – The Times of Oman

Muscat: People in Oman welcomed the decision to provide an additional 15% of electricity subsidy during the summer months to customers with two or fewer accounts.

Today, Tuesday, May 31, His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tariq issued directives to provide support during the period from May to August, during his meeting with the Council of Ministers.

With temperatures in many areas of the country rising above 40°C, air conditioners are left running for large parts of the day in many homes and offices, driving up electricity bills affecting people’s purchasing power.

“I have two young children at home who naturally find the heat uncomfortable, so I need to run the air conditioner all day long – you can imagine how that affects my electricity bill during the summer months, especially at a time when costs are really high,” said Mohsen, a native Omani living in Al Amerat, “rising due to other commitments.” “I am sure this reduction is a welcome relief to many.”

Dinesh, an Indian national from Sohar, added: “The current temperatures came on all of a sudden…Temperatures have been high for a long time now, and May has been much hotter than it usually is. It affected our evening activities, when we and our family usually went out For shopping or to the park. Now, however, we are required to stay home, and the support offered will surely be appreciated by many.”

The weather forecast for June 1, issued by the Civil Aviation Authority, showed temperatures of 41 degrees in several towns and cities, including Haima, Marmul and Thumrait. And the temperatures of Al-Buraimi, Fahd, Al-Rustaq, Samail, Adam and Bahla were recorded at 40 degrees.

Temperatures in Seeb and Al Amarat in Muscat, as well as Yanqul and Al Mudhaibi rose to 39 degrees during the day. The state of Ibri, the capital of Al Dhahirah Governorate, recorded the highest temperature in the country at 42 degrees.

Dr. Ahmed Al-Houti, Head of the Economic Studies Department and a member of the Board of Directors of the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry will request more subsidies to customers during this time, so that the financial impact on people is further reduced.

“What I would like to say now is thank you to His Majesty and the government, but we are still looking for more packages to enable us to survive during this current period,” he said. “There was a plan to cut 15 percent of the electricity cost for those who own one or two metres. This will reduce costs and expenses a little bit.

“Whenever our expenses are accessible or accessible, it is possible for businesses and individuals to operate and do business easily,” he added. But when costs are high, you can’t do business and you can’t make profits, and that’s the problem.

“We are still asking to cover the electricity and water costs for all companies, because these costs are currently higher than at any other time,” said Al Houti. “We feel we are currently paying more than 50 percent of our income, just for these services. Today, even though oil prices are high, the costs of electricity and water are also high. We demand lower costs for electricity and water, so that we stay qualified compared to other countries around the world. the world as well as our neighbors.”

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