Sabtu, 09 Oktober 2021

Lebanon in blackout as power stations run out of fuel -

Lebanon's Zahrani power ran out of fuel plunging the country into yet another total blackout since the start of October

Lebanon was plunged into a total blackout Saturday after two main power stations went offline because they ran out of fuel, the state electricity corporation said.

The Mediterranean country is battling one of the planet's worst economic crises since the 1850s, and has in recent months struggled to import enough fuel oil for its power plants.

"After the Deir Ammar power station was forced to stop producing power yesterday morning (Friday) due its gasoil reserves running out, the Zahrani plant also stopped this afternoon for the same reason," Electricite du Liban said in a statement.

It was the second such complete outage reported by EDL since the start of the month, after a similar incident last Saturday.

EDL said that a fuel oil shipment was expected to arrive on Saturday evening, and was expected to unload at the beginning of next week.

Several measures have been launched in a desperate bid to keep the lights on.

The state is also bringing in some fuel oil for power stations in exchange for medical services under a swap deal with Iraq.



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