Lebanon hit by nationwide power outage after major power plants shut down due to fuel shortage


Lebanon faces a nationwide blackout that is expected to continue in the coming days. The Middle Eastern country has not produced electricity and lost all of its electricity after the country’s two largest power plants went out due to fuel shortages.

“The Lebanese power grid completely shut down by noon today, and it is unlikely to operate until next Monday, or for several days,” government officials told Reuters news agency.

Most people in the country use private diesel generators, but the supply is also insufficient.

Al Zahrani and Deir Ammar power plants ceased to function after diesel reserves were exhausted and power production fell to less than 200 megawatts. The affected Deir Ammar and Zahrani power plants provided 40 percent of Lebanon’s electricity.

The facilities are said to have run out of fuel because the government lacks foreign currency to pay foreign energy suppliers.

Lebanon is a poor country and is facing an economic crisis. The country had relied heavily on energy imports to meet domestic demand, however, the ongoing financial liquidity crisis has very strongly affected the country since August 2019 and later by the Covid pandemic in 2020. The Lebanese currency has fallen 90% since 2019.

(with source inputs)

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Posted on: Saturday October 09, 2021 6:14 PM IST


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