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Lebanon crisis

Lebanon plunges into darkness as fuel shortage prompts shutdown of two power stations

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Lebanon’s two biggest power stations shut down due to fuel shortage, leaving the country in complete darkness on Saturday, a government official told Reuters.

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The source also told Reuters that the power shortage is expected to last for a few days.

The country now has no centrally-generated electricity.

“The Lebanese power network completely stopped working at noon today, and it is unlikely that it will work until next Monday, or for several days,” the official said.

The thermoelectric plant has stopped at Zahrani power station, after the Deir Ammar plant stopped on Friday due to a fuel shortage.

The official said the state electricity company would try to use the army’s fuel oil reserve to operate the power plants temporarily, but that would not happen anytime soon.

The state electricity company confirmed in a statement that the thermoelectric plant at the Zahrani power station had stopped. The Deir Ammar plant stopped on Friday.

The shutdown of the two power stations had “directly affected the stability of the power network and led to its complete outage, with no possibility of resuming operations in the meantime,” the statement said.

The state electricity company will try to use the army’s fuel oil reserve to operate the power plants temporarily, but that will not happen anytime soon, the official said.

Many Lebanese normally rely on private generators run on diesel, although that is in short supply.

Lebanon has been grappling with an economic crisis which has deepened as supplies of imported fuel have dried up. The Lebanese currency has sunk by 90 percent since 2019.

With Reuters

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