Complete Blackout in Lebanon as Two Biggest Power Stations Reportedly Shut Down Over Fuel Shortage

© AFP 2022 / IBRAHIM CHALHOUBA picture taken on July 10, 2021 shows the Deir Ammar power station in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli. - A major power station in Lebanon is to resume operations tomorrow, two days after it ground to a halt due to a lack of fuel at a time of constant power cuts and economic collapse. Zahrani power plant will be back in service starting tomorrow morning after the entire cargo aboard the tanker is unloaded into its tanks," EDL said in a statement. The state electricity company did not refer to Deir Ammar power station which also went offline on Friday because it ran out of fuel.
A picture taken on July 10, 2021 shows the Deir Ammar power station in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli. - A major power station in Lebanon is to resume operations tomorrow, two days after it ground to a halt due to a lack of fuel at a time of constant power cuts and economic collapse. Zahrani power plant will be back in service starting tomorrow morning after the entire cargo aboard the tanker is unloaded into its tanks, EDL said in a statement. The state electricity company did not refer to Deir Ammar power station which also went offline on Friday because it ran out of fuel. - Sputnik International, 1920, 09.10.2021
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Lebanon's power outage caused by a shortage of fuel is set to continue for several days, Reuters reported on Saturday, citing official sources.
The two biggest power stations in Lebanon have stopped working due to a shortage of fuel, reportedly leaving the Middle Eastern country in complete darkness.

"The Lebanese power network completely stopped working at noon today, and it is unlikely that it will work until next Monday, or for several days", an official source told Reuters.

According to Sky News, energy production at the al Zahrani and the Deir Ammar power stations has dropped to below 200 megawatts.
Electricité du Liban (EDL), the country's electricity company, is reportedly trying to come up with a solution for the problem and manually restart the public network.
Lebanon's National News Agency (NNA) later reported that electricity was partially restored in some regions of the country due to supplies of fuel from emergency reserves. The power, it said, would "gradually" return in the coming hours.
EDL is trying to solve the issues in the absence of the EDL's national control centre, which was severely damaged in last year's deadly Beirut port explosion that claimed at least 218 lives, injured over 7,000, and left more than half of the capital's infrastructure damaged.
In late September, EDL warned about the risk of a complete power outage prompted by the fuel shortage, saying that it is out of options to tackle the issue.
Lebanon has suffered massive economic problems due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the devastating explosion in the port of the capital Beirut. The crisis has prompted the shortage of fuel, further leading to a lack of gasoline for automobiles and diesel for power generators, causing outages to become the new normal in the country.
A woman throws flower petals and rice as a convoy of tanker trucks carrying Iranian fuel oil drive in al-Ain village, in northeastern Lebanon, September 16, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 20.09.2021
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