Power cuts hit cement production in Sharjah, UAE

Power cuts hit cement production in Sharjah, UAE
Published: 01 September 2009

Producers of building material operating out of Sharjah say lack of electricity supply is slowing down their production levels.

Several companies told Emirates Business that they are forced to cut production for several hours during the day because of the suspension of electricity supply.

Many companies, however, added that a slump in demand due to the current economic condition has minimised the impact of production losses caused by frequent electricity cuts.

The industrial area in Sharjah has been experiencing an acute shortage of electricity in the past two weeks.

A senior official of Sharjah cement factory yesterday said that apart from the regular cuts they had been asked to reduce the load for four hours everyday.

According to him, the electricity problem has been quite annoying. "We have been asked to cut production for four hours every day. The grinders are completely shut down when the power goes off. This has been going on for some time now. Sometimes electricity goes off in the evening and at other times in the afternoon. There is no particular timeframe for the disruption," said the official.