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Lebanon plunged into darkness after power plants ran out of fuel


In a statement made by the Lebanese Electricity Authority during the daytime, it was reported that the Deir Ammar and Zahrani Power Plants stopped due to the depletion of fuel, and the generation capacity fell below 270 megawatts.

The power cuts, which have been going on for a while due to the fuel crisis in the country, have condemned the whole of Lebanon to darkness with the shutdown of the 2 main power plants in the north and south.

Fuel will be supplied from the army

The Lebanese Electricity Authority, which applied to the Armed Forces to solve the growing electricity crisis, said in its newly released statement that fuel will be supplied from the army’s stocks to restart the two main power plants.

The Ministry of Energy and Defense stated that the Lebanese Armed Forces are ready to provide 6 million liters of fuel for the re-operation of the two power plants, and this amount will provide approximately 300 megawatts of additional energy for a 3-day period.

In the statement, it was noted that this would increase the total generation capacity in the electricity grid to approximately 500 megawatts.

The Lebanese army has not yet commented on the matter.

Citizens, who receive high amounts of 5 or 10 amperes electricity service from neighborhood generators from 18:00 to 19:00 in the evening, have to spend the night in the dark after 00:00.

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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