Minister of Energy and Water Raymond Ghajar announced that electricity rationing would ease starting Monday, July 13th, after the fuel shipments that recently arrived have resupplied Lebanon’s power ships.
For weeks, the Lebanese have had to endure severe power cuts and electricity rationing due to the shortage of necessary combustibles.
In some areas, the daily supply of “state electricity” reached as low as a mere two hours, leaving the remaining hours to be covered by private generators, many of which have barely been able to keep up because of the same fuel problem.
While the more primitive approach to lighting will not be discarded that soon, it will be less needed starting this week, or so is expected.
“The fuel import started to arrive at the [Electricité du Liban], respectively, and the coverage in the electrical current will improve starting tomorrow,” Energy Minister Ghajar tweeted late Sunday.
“As for repairing malfunctions in the networks, it will start tomorrow and the results will appear soon,” he added. Hence, Monday should see improved electricity coverage in Lebanon and milder rationing.
However, rationing is not expected to go back to its “normal” state before nearly two weeks from now, which would be after the arrival of the last fuel shipment to feed Lebanon’s biggest production plants, Energy Ministry sources told Elnashra.
The country’s power ships, Fatmagül Sultan and Orhan Bey, which are providing approximately 250 MW of power since Sunday, are expected to produce an extra 100 MW as of Monday.