President Michel Aoun has said small power generators will be installed to supply 24-hour electricity until new power plants can be built in the country.
The generators will have a total production of 1,200-1,400 megawatts and will be installed by the company that wins the tender to build the power plants, a Baabda Palace source told The Daily Star on Sunday.
These generators will operate temporarily until the new power plants can be built.
Two new power plants in Zahrani and Selaata, which are set to eventually produce 550 MW of power each, are the first of six that the government hopes to build over the next six years, as part of the government’s plan to overhaul the electricity sector.
Energy Minister Nada Boustani announced earlier this month that the tender documents for the two plants were completed, calling on Cabinet to approve them as soon as possible.
The government plan seeks to ramp up energy production in the country in a bid to provide state electricity 24/7 and reverse Electricite du Liban’s losses, which drain the state budget by $1.5-$2 billion annually.
The Daily Star