Length of power outages in Greece set to increase

Public Power Corporation (PPC), Greece’s biggest electricity utility, is to increase the length of power cuts to help balance demand as workers continue to strike. PPC is seeking to have the strike declared “illegal and abusive”.

The power union Genop began 48-hour rolling strikes on 20 June to protest against government plans to reduce its stake in the company from 51 per cent to 34 per cent.

This is part of a state asset sale programme intended to raise EUR50bn by 2015.

PPC said it will extend outages to 90 minutes, up from one hour, throughout the country. The number of areas affected has doubled. PPC asked consumers to limit consumption during peak hours.

PPC said that because of the strike, nine of its units with a total capacity of 2500 MW have been unable to operate. This has been compounded by the fact that it has not been possible to bring another seven units with a total capacity of 1000 MW back into service following a scheduled shutdown.

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