Lebanon: two dry power plants, lack of fuel, create a blackout in the country

the essential Due to a lack of fuel to supply them, two important power stations have ceased to function. This is the second total blackout in the country since the beginning of the month

Lebanon was plunged into a total blackout on Saturday after the shutdown of the activity of two major power plants for lack of fuel, announced the national company Electricité du Liban (EDL).

Stuck in an unprecedented crisis, described by the World Bank as one of the worst in the history of the world since 1850, the country has been experiencing draconian power rationing for months, peaking at more than 22 hours a day, and struggling to import fuel, against the backdrop of a historic plunge in the national currency and a drying up of foreign currencies.

These cuts paralyze the life of the population and several vital sectors, while the managers of private generators, who generally take over, also ration shops, hospitals and homes, as fuel becomes scarce.

“After the Deir Ammar plant was forced to stop its electricity production yesterday morning due to the exhaustion of its diesel reserves, the Zahrani plant also shut down this afternoon for the same reason “, The EDL said in a statement. This has led to a “total collapse of the network with no possibility of restoring it for the moment”, adds the press release, while the other plants in the country are operating at a minimum.

This is the second total blackout reported by EDL since the beginning of the month. For the first, the network was restored a few days later.

In its press release, the EDL said an oil tanker was due to arrive on Saturday evening and be unloaded early next week.

The international community is calling for urgent reforms from the Lebanese authorities, in particular for the EDL, a symbol of bad governance and the decay of public services in Lebanon.

Formed in September after 13 months of political wrangling, the new government is committed to initiating reforms in the electricity sector and gradually restoring public power.

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