| 14 April 2024, Sunday |

Will Lebanon plunge into darkness soon?

Electricity is only the part that reveals the enormity of the daily losses in an interconnected chain, of cut electricity, which inevitably leads to the tariff hike and the swelling of the electric generator bill, which is cut off for long hours due to the loss of diesel fuel, which makes storing food impossible, and inevitably leads to the absence of the Internet. The citizen only has to choose between bad and worse.

Last Sunday morning, the Electricity Corporation removed the Deir Ammar plant from service completely for a week, under the pretext of providing fuel to “increase the number of feeding hours as much as possible during the blessed Eid al-Adha period.” Accordingly, only the Zahrani plant is left to secure electricity in Lebanon, which operates at half its production capacity, i.e. about 200 megawatts. While the actual need exceeds 3200 MW. Consequently, the percentage of feeding on the entire Lebanese territory during the current week will be limited to 6 percent of the total need.
The Ministry of Energy sharply reduces consumption in order to prolong the period of benefit from Iraqi oil for the maximum possible period in order to avoid drowning in the total darkness. That «this state of lack of electricity will continue until the signing of the agreement to demarcate the maritime borders
Lebanon will not be able to use Egyptian gas and Jordanian electricity to raise the feeding hours to 10 hours, under the shadow of the American veto on giving the two countries the green light.
Expanding the installation of solar energy systems, whose production capacity is expected to reach 450 megawatts by the end of this year, is very important, but it remains insufficient. This produced quantity constitutes only 15 percent of the total need, and it is limited to the financially affluent or their children abroad who transfer to them between 3,500 and 5,000 dollars to install the system on solar energy.
If, according to the statement issued by it, the role of Electricité du Liban is limited to extinguishing a plant and operating another, rationing the quantities of fuel that reach the country. And in the event of a delay in its arrival, the country will plunge into darkness completely.

  • Sawt Beirut International