Removing politics from the energy sector in Lebanon is the key to solutions

Energy expert, Rudi Baroudi, considered that Lebanon’s obtaining electric energy from multiple sources and securing it in a sustainable form is a first step in order to put the country on the path of advancement and ensure stability in the lives of the Lebanese, given the importance of electric energy in operating many vital facilities and sectors. It is the politics in this sector that has deprived Lebanon and the Lebanese of a reliable electric sector and made this sector deteriorate more and more. It is time for politicians to raise their hand and stop their interventions that deprived the Lebanese of an intuitive service, praising the efforts being made to import gas from Egypt and electricity from Jordan, He called on the concerned authorities and countries to facilitate this process, which will give Lebanon a strong impetus under these difficult circumstances.

Baroudi pointed out that political rivalries and the failure to hold presidential elections on their constitutional dates, as well as the government vacuum in the past years, prevented the Lebanese from benefiting from the Arab gas pipeline, which could have solved most of the problems of electricity production, especially if the Arab gas pipeline was connected to other energy production plants in Zahrani and Jiyeh. Al-Hadid, the new taste, Tyre and Baalbek, especially that these plants can produce electric power by gas.

Baroudi stressed that if Lebanon had benefited from the Arab Gas Pipeline 18 years ago, most of its electrical problems would have been resolved, as it would have benefited throughout those years, whether from the competitive Egyptian gas prices or from the profits of the Arab Gas Transport and Marketing Company as a main partner whose profits amount to 25% of the profits the public. Also, he would benefit from the transit fee. With a quick calculation, Lebanon could have saved more than five billion US dollars if it worked to revive this line, if the price of a barrel of oil was between 50 and 60 dollars.

Baroudi revealed that previous governments prevented Lebanon from benefiting from the six-way electrical interconnection line (Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Libya) and thus from an annual saving of $250 million over the past years, noting that the Majdal Anjar station had completed its work in 2006. It can accommodate 400 megawatts that can be connected to the Lebanese network.

Baroudi said that what is required of the new government is not to miss the opportunity again and to take advantage of all opportunities and possibilities to improve and increase the production of electric energy, whether through the Arab Gas Pipeline and the completion of the implementation of the link south of Damascus to Al-Zahrani as soon as possible or by starting to develop the production of renewable energies (sun water and air). Especially by the sun, given the nature and climate of Lebanon, which can give Lebanon about 2000 megawatts. What secures clean and sustainable production and saves the treasury a lot of money Lebanon needs, both in building new factories and in developing the transmission and distribution networks.

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