Jul 30 2012
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Water ministry receives emergency loan to pay outstanding debts
"The loan has been used to pay part of the ministry's outstanding bills to the National Electric Power Company ( NEPCO ) and the Jordan Petroleum Refinery Company ," Water Ministry Spokesperson Omar Salameh told The Jordan Times.
The ministry received the "urgent loan" after NEPCO cut off power from its headquarters in Shmeisani from Tuesday through Thursday, after the ministry's unpaid electricity bills exceeded JD7 million.
The loan will be used to pay the ministry's remaining dues to the refinery, NEPCO , contractors, suppliers and consultants.
Minister of Water and Irrigation Mohammad Najjar said in statements to the press last month that the SSC had approved granting the ministry a JD50 million loan, while a source at the SSC blamed the government for the delay in extending the loan.
The power cut at the ministry affected its performance, particularly as the call centre set up to receive and address people's water complaints was partly shut down.
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