Lebanon runs out of electricity due to fuel shortages; recess to last for a few days

Lebanese news

High voltage power lines

Key Highlights

  • Al Zahrani and Deir Ammar power stations stopped working after the diesel supply appeared to be exhausted
  • Energy production in Lebanon has dropped to less than 200 megawatts

Beirut: Lebanon has run out of electricity after two of its largest power stations were shut down due to fuel shortages, Reuters confirmed on Saturday.

Quoting a Lebanese govt official, Reuters news agency said the power cut in Lebanon will continue for a few days.

According to reports, Al Zahrani and Deir Ammar power stations stopped working after the diesel supply appeared to be depleted, and energy production fell to less than 200 megawatts.

The official said, “Lebanon’s power network stopped working at noon today completely, and is unlikely to work until next Monday, or for several days.”

The thermoelectric factory at Zahrani power station stopped just a day after the Deir Ammar factory shut down on Friday due to fuel shortages.

Reports are holding rounds that the Lebanese government may dip into Army oil reserves to operate the temporary power plants but is unlikely to do so anytime soon.

Meanwhile, while visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian, his country will continue to send oil shipments to help Lebanon overcome its fuel shortage crisis.

Iran is poised to secure Lebanon’s need for medicines, food and medical equipment as well as build two power stations, he added.

An Iranian-backed Shia Hezbollah group of Lebanon has been sending Iranian fuel loads to Lebanon since August amid a fuel shortage in the country due to an economic collapse.

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