AA / Beirut
The Lebanese official press reported on Saturday that contacts had been made to “partially” restore the electricity supply, after a total cut, following the shutdown of two power plants in the country. .
Lebanon entered a total blackout this Saturday at noon, after the shutdown of the power stations of Al-Zahrani (south) and Deir Ammar (north) due to the fuel shortage, according to the local press .
For its part, the official Lebanese news agency reported that “contacts are underway to partially restore electricity in the various Lebanese regions”.
She explained that “contacts are underway to replenish electricity production plants from reserves available for extreme needs, and electricity should return gradually over the next few hours.”
The official agency did not mention the nature of these contacts, and Electricité du Liban did not issue a statement regarding the power outage until 2:00 p.m. GMT.
On December 23, the Lebanese Electricity (governmental) warned against a power cut in all regions of the country, after the exhaustion of the remaining fuel reserves.
Lebanon has suffered for some time, frequent power cuts during long hours of the day, due to the shortage of fuel, caused by the lack of foreign exchange funds necessary to import it.
Usually, private generators cover the shortage of fuel for power generation, but these stations run on diesel, which the country also struggles to supply.
For more than a year and a half, Lebanon has endured a serious economic crisis, which has caused a deterioration in the value of the local currency against the dollar, and a sharp decrease in foreign exchange reserves held by the Central Bank of Lebanon.
* Translated from Arabic by Mounir Bennour.
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