EDL announced in a statement that, “Following up to our statement on 09/23/2021, we report that in addition to the plants that were forcibly halted from producing energy, the Al-Zouk thermal plant has since been forcibly stopped, as a result of running out of stocks of fuel oil (Grade A). Which led to a decrease in the total production capacity to less than 500 megawatts, and as a result, the Corporation was forced to operate the Deir Ammar and Al-Zahrani plants in succession at their maximum capacity for a short period only to raise production a little and stabilize the network as much as possible, which accelerated the pace of their consumption of their stocks of gas oil, to return Then it reduces them to half their production capacity to prolong their operating time as much as possible.”
The statement explained that, “as a result, the total production capacity fell yesterday to less than 500 megawatts, until the network was subjected to a general interruption, as the Corporation worked to rebuild it with its remaining capabilities,” declaring that “it has become almost impossible to maintain stability.” And the stability of the electrical network under these very difficult operating conditions, which threatens its complete collapse at any moment and the inability to build it again, especially due to the low production capacity on the one hand, and the continued existence of major substations outside the control of the institution on the other hand.”
In the context, the Foundation explained that “de facto forces are conducting electrical maneuvers within it that reflect negatively and undermine any possibilities of securing a minimum level of electrical supply in a fair manner in all Lebanese regions, and that it is expected that today, the second shipment of the Iraqi exchange agreement, which is loaded with With fuel oil (Grade B), in each of the Zouk and Jiyyeh estuary tanks, after the concerned authorities were assured that its specifications were in conformity with its specifications, to be consumed after unloading its full load in each of the reverse engine factories in Zouk and Jiyeh, which are currently working on one engine with a minimum capacity in Each of them,” adding that “the tonnage of this shipment alone will not be sufficient to raise the production capacity significantly, because on the other hand, the gas oil reserves are close to depletion in both the Al-Zahrani and Deir Ammar plants, which form the backbone of energy production in Lebanon. A shipment of this material is expected to arrive in the second half of October.
In view of this situation, which is beyond the control and responsibility of the Electricité du Liban, it has no choice but to operate the production groups with what it has of fuel reserves, and in parallel secures a production capacity of about 600 megawatts until it is completely exhausted, in order to reduce the pace of public outages as much as possible. To maintain the safety of its facilities.
Source: National Agency