Tender documents for two new power plants set to be built in the country have been completed, Energy Minister Nada Boustani announced Wednesday.
“We completed the tender documents for power plants in Zahrani and Selaata under a public-private partnership,” Boustani tweeted, calling on Cabinet to approve the documents as soon as possible.
The documents were prepared by engineering consultancy Fichtner, French law firm Bredin Prat and Spanish law firm Uria Menendez, the minister said.
In July, the ministry launched a prequalification round for the power plants. The Zahrani and Selaata plants are the first two of six that the government hopes to build over the next six years, as part of an electricity plan it endorsed in April.
The two new power plants will eventually produce 550 MW of power, according to the plan.
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 burden the state budget with a $1.5 billion to $2 billion annually.
The Daily Star