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Bassil: Full electricity coverage in Lebanon by 2015

Lebanon’s energy minister praised the cabinet’s decision on Tuesday to recognize a contract to build a power plant in North Lebanon’s Deir Ammar, adding that it will help lead to full electricity coverage by 2015.

 

“The approval of the tender is an important step on the road to resolving the electricity crisis [in Lebanon],” Gebran Bassil said in comments published Wednesday in As-Safir newspaper.

 

Bassil added that Lebanon has “entered the road out of darkness” and will “return to 24 hour electricity in early 2015.”

 

Greek company J&P Avax won the bid to build a gas-operated plan in Deir Ammar in February 2013, besting a Chinese company for the right to develop the power facility in North Lebanon, Lebanon’s Business News outlet reported.

 

A previous tender for the project had been cancelled.

 

Lebanon currently suffers from electricity shortages, with power being cut in the capital 3-hours a day, while other regions suffer longer blackouts.

The approval of the tender is an important step on the road to resolving the electricity crisis.