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Lebanon is in the dark as country’s electricity grid shuts down after running out of fuel

By ANI

Beirut: Lebanon, already battling with skyrocketing inflation and shortage of essential commodities, is now facing a severe power crisis due to lack of fuel.

Lebanon’s electricity grid has been completely shut down after the country’s two main power stations ran out of fuel. sky News Quoting media reports.

The Al Zahraani and Deir Ammar power stations stopped operating after diesel supplies were apparently exhausted, and energy output fell to less than 200 megawatts, it said. sky News report good.

“The Lebanese electricity network completely stopped working this afternoon, and it is unlikely that it will operate until next Monday or for several days,” an official said. sky News.

According to al JazeeraLebanon’s continuing economic crisis has caused fuel shortages, adding extended power cuts to its people’s misery.

While experts have said a recent proposal by the US ambassador to Lebanon to revive an international gas pipeline running from Egypt to Lebanon could help ease the problem, it is the country’s continued failure to generate enough electricity. is far from a long-term solution. .

“It’s not a new idea. From 2009 to 2010, gas was being pumped from Egypt to Jordan and Syria to Lebanon,” said Diana Cassi, a board member of the Lebanese Oil and Gas Initiative and an expert on energy governance. al Jazeera.

This arrangement, using the Arab Gas Pipeline, ended when Lebanon defaulted on payments and attacks on the pipeline in Egypt disrupted supplies. Studies are still needed to find out what damage the Syrian war caused to the pipeline.

“Technically, if there is serious political will, it can be done by the end of this year,” Cassie said.

Meanwhile, the energy ministers of Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan met in Amman on Wednesday, where they reaffirmed their willingness to facilitate the transfer of gas to energy-scarce Lebanon.

Lebanese officials have said the World Bank has offered to provide funding for the gas but gave no other details.

Over the past two years Lebanon has been offered several international loans and grants, including those from the IMF, on condition that the country implements reforms regarding transparency and corruption – something its ruling class has yet to do, here Even the country has sunk deep into poverty and misery.

World Bank spokeswoman al Jazeera The bank was unable to provide details at this time on Tuesday on whether discussions could take place.

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