Today, Saturday, Lebanese media sources reported the complete disconnection of the electricity network in Lebanon, after the Zahrani and Deir Ammar stations stopped as a result of the fuel shortage.
According to Agence France-Presse, the television indicated that the outage came after the power generation fell below 200 megawatts.
Last month, Electricité du Liban warned of power outages throughout the country, in light of a sharp decline in its fuel stocks.
The company said in a statement that it can generate less than 500 megawatts of electricity using the fuel oil it obtains under an exchange agreement with Iraq.
The massive shortage of fuel led to the state’s inability to provide any significant supplies of electricity over the past few months, while many Lebanese relied on private generators.
The company stated that its remaining stock of fuels decreased very sharply, to the extent that it ran out completely in a number of plants, which led to its forced halting of energy production.
The company said in a statement, that all options that could be resorted to have been exhausted, while it can no longer only manage the remaining production groups in harmony with its remaining stock of fuels.
Since last May, Turkey’s Karpowership, which supplies electricity from two floating power stations to Lebanon, has announced that it has halted supplies due to payment arrears and after a legal threat to its two stations in Lebanon, which is facing a deep economic crisis.
Lebanon gets 370 megawatts of electricity from the company, or a quarter of the country’s current supply.