Who among us does not remember the famous saying for Minister Gebran Bassil, and from that time, the country entered a dark tunnel until it became dark, contrary to Bassil’s anticipations?
A lot of electricity plans were prepared since Gebran Bassil took over the Ministry of Energy, and every one of his advisors became a minister and inherited his plans that has not been implemented to this day. Indeed, as they promised citizens that the electricity will be provided 24/24, it is being provided 24 minutes per day.
Minister Nada Bustani and Minister Cesar Abi Khalil, the two former advisors, completed Bassil’s path, but were unable to turn Bassil’s dream into reality. Bustani confirmed during a TV interview that the Free Patriotic Movement will continue working to implement the plan. Raymond Ghajar, also an advisor to Bassil became a minister, and during his reign the hours of electricity supply were reduced, and he expressed his astonishment at this matter.
Currently, Energy Minister Walid Fayad, twelve years after Bassil’s promises to secure electricity, is still insisting that in 2025 he will achieve this dream.
According to Fayad’s plan, during 2023, power supply hours will be between 8 to 10 hours, through the regional electricity and gas trade with Jordan, Egypt and Iraq, supported by loans from the World Bank / other International Funds. In the subsequent 16 to 18 hours of electricity will be supplied through existing and temporary infrastructures and solar and wind farms.
In 2025, 24 hours of electricity will be provided by using sustainable gas and newly built together with renewable cycle power plants.
So, as you dreamt Lebanese of electricity 24/24 in 2015, dream about it again in 2025. Perhaps the dream will become a reality one day.