Power has finally been restored to Beirut after the city’s power grid shut down at the weekend as they ran out of fuel.
The two main power stations – al Zahrani and the Deir Ammar – went offline on Saturday morning, with full power eventually returning by Monday.
The problem was solved by the energy ministry receiving $100m in credit to get their fuel supply re-stocked.
And the Lebanese army came to help as they donated 6,000 kilolitres of gas oil split equally between the two power stations.
Blackout:Lebanon was plunged into a Total Black-out Saturday after two main power stations went offline because they ran out of fuel, #Beirut #moj_podsetnik pic.twitter.com/bwCSIIDjK2— Hordearii (@Hordearii_72) October 11, 2021
Blackout:Lebanon was plunged into a Total Black-out Saturday after two main power stations went offline because they ran out of fuel, #Beirut #moj_podsetnik pic.twitter.com/bwCSIIDjK2
Looking ahead, the energy ministry said it will issue new prices for fuel, oil and natural gas to ease distribution problems.
Many countries are experiencing rising energy costs this year. But the problems are made worse by Lebanon’s economic crisis which has seen the Lebanese currency fall 90% since 2019.
Many people have their own private generators to rely on when the national power goes out. But with that now in short supply, this recent power outage in Beirut has affected millions of people.
It’s not the first time the Zahrani power station has run out of fuel. The same thing happened in March this year.
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