Mina Observatory – Lebanon
Today, Sunday, the Lebanese Ministry of Energy announced the return of the country’s electricity network to work, after it was suspended yesterday due to a lack of fuel.
The Minister of Energy and Water, Walid Fayyad, said that the electricity network returned to work normally, according to the level it was before the gas oil ran out, noting that the ministry had obtained $100 million from the Central Bank to import fuel and face the electricity shortage crisis.
Fayyad added that, “Today, the Jiyeh reverse engine plant was connected to the network with a power of 50 megawatts, Deir Ammar plant with a power of 210 megawatts, and the reverse engine plant in Zouk with a power of 120 megawatts, and the gas group in Al-Zahrani was also connected to the network,” stressing that “after less than An hour from now, these labs will be at their maximum capacity available on the network.”
It is noteworthy that Lebanon entered yesterday, Saturday, in complete darkness, after the stations of Deir Ammar in the north and Zahrani in the south, stopped producing energy due to the depletion of gas oil, which led to a decline in energy production to less than 200 megawatts.
The Electricité du Liban stated that it had warned many months ago, “of the danger of entering into the forbidden with regard to the supply of electricity, and the high risks of reaching a general and comprehensive outage on all lands.”
It is noteworthy that many Lebanese, usually rely on private generators that run on diesel, despite the shortage of supply.
Over the past months, Lebanon has been paralyzed by an economic crisis exacerbated by the depletion of imported fuel supplies, and the Lebanese currency has depreciated by 90% since 2019.