The Lebanese Electricity Authority has published a written statement on the status of the “Deyr Ammar and Ez-Zahrani” power plants in the country.
In the statement, it was noted that the Central Bank of Lebanon did not transfer the necessary 10 million dollars to the accounts of the companies in order for Deyr Ammar and Zahrani, which produce 550 megawatts of electricity per day, to continue working.
It was stated that due to the failure of this transfer, production in both power plants ceased and electricity service could not be provided to the citizens.
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Production at the power plants stopped after the Central Bank of Lebanon withdrew government support for fuel due to the economic crisis that broke out in 2019 and the melting of foreign exchange reserves.
While the country’s daily electricity need is around 3,200 megawatts under normal conditions, this production has dropped to 500 megawatts for a while due to the aforementioned crises.
In both power plants, only 4 hours of electricity are produced on average per day, while citizens obtain the remaining 20 hours of electricity from private generators at a very high cost.