On Saturday, the two largest power stations, Al-Zahrani and Dajeer Ammar, stopped working due to a lack of fuel. This led to power outages across the country. Some buildings have managed outages because they have their own generators, but they can’t work all the time because the country also lacks diesel.
The state energy company said that, on Saturday evening, the army agreed, after the outage, to provide six million liters of fuel oil, which will be equally delivered to both stations.
On Sunday, the Ministry of Energy announced that the Central Bank had approved a $100 million loan for tenders to import fuel for generators. He added that network deliveries were already as high as they were before the outage.
No Comment: A burning fuel tank near a power station in southern Lebanon
The situation was further complicated on Monday by a fire in a heavy fuel oil tank at a power plant in southern Zahraa. The fire has already been brought under control.
Fuel oil tank fire in Lebanon
Photo: Hassan Ammar, ČTK/AP
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The country is facing an energy crisis, with no electricity supply available for up to 22 hours a day.
The Lebanese economy is on the verge of collapse. In 2019, GDP fell by 6.7%, last year by 20.3%, and this year the World Bank expects a decrease of another 9.5%.
The Lebanese pound has lost ninety percent of its value since 2019, and the country has no import or subsidy for basic commodities. Currency reserves have fallen from $30 billion to $15 billion since 2019. Hospitals, offices and shops are paralyzed. Foreign donors condition aid on political stability and reforms.
Beirut Port during a power outage
Photograph: Mohamed Azaker/Reuters
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