In a written statement from the Lebanese Electricity Authority, it was stated that after the Deir Ammar Power Plant in the north of the country stopped production yesterday due to the depletion of fuel, the Zahrani Power Plant in the south stopped for the same reason as of noon today.
Pointing out that the relevant authorities had been warned for months that the problem in electricity production would reach dangerous levels, it was noted that the electricity generation capacity in the country fell below 270 megawatts after the Deyr Ammar and Zahrani power plants stopped.
Emphasizing that the fuel shipment, which is expected to arrive in Lebanon this evening, will take a few days to test the suitability for use in power plants, it was stated that the production capacity could increase to 500 megawatts with the fuel in question reaching the power plants.
electricity crisis in the country
Lebanon, which has a fragile structure in terms of political divisions based on different religions and sects, is experiencing the biggest economic crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war.
While there is difficulty in supplying fuel to power plants due to the foreign exchange liquidity problem in Lebanon, daily power cuts are up to 20 hours for several months across the country. While Lebanon’s electricity requirement was approximately 3,200 megawatts under normal conditions, this production had decreased to 500 megawatts for a while due to the aforementioned crises.
Owners of neighborhood generators, which provide electricity to citizens during the hours when the Lebanese Electricity Authority is out of service, keep the bills high on the grounds that they purchase fuel at exorbitant prices on the black market.
The Energy Ministers of the Bashar al-Assad regime in Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and Syria held a four-way meeting in Amman, the capital of Jordan, on September 8, and an agreement was reached on the road map prepared for energy supply to Lebanon.
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