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More electricity rationing to come

BEIRUT - The Turkish power ship Fatmagul is expected to stop functioning on Monday as Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil refused to sign a loan for the country’s electricity company to buy fuel oil for the power ship.

 

“The finance minister considers that signing loans without the prior consent of the council of ministers is illegal,” a well-informed source told NOW.

 

As a result, the ship is expected to shut down within Monday as it will soon run out of fuel oil.

 

Meanwhile, Lebanon’s power plants would completely run out of fuel gas within the end of March in case the Electricité du Liban (EDL) company failed to provide fuel oil, the source informed NOW.

 

In this case, the EDL will decide to increase the electricity rationing to more than 3 hours a day in Beirut and 14 hours a day in other areas, and eventually to a complete blackout with the beginning of April.

The EDL will decide to increase the electricity rationing to more than 3 hours a day in Beirut and 14 hours a day in other areas, and eventually to a complete blackout with the beginning of April.

  • habib.battah

    This is the kind of reporting that does little to inform the public. Why would the minister do such a thing, what's the context, what are the stakes?

    March 14, 2014

  • Hanibaal-Atheos

    Battah: Your brain seem to be "Mabtouh" or you have not read the article. The reason is stated clearly: " ...The finance minister considers that signing loans without the prior consent of the council of ministers is illegal..." Without a loan to the electric company to buy fuel, the company cannot pay the ship to deliver electricity. Now this pathetic charade of a tiny primitive country called Lebanon that has to buy its electricity from ships and that still rations electricity in the 21st century is both inexcusable and quite hilarious. But if you can't understand what you read, you got another problem.

    March 14, 2014

  • fadi84

    lol bravo.. wilkh'eir' la eddem..

    March 12, 2014

  • Hanibaal-Atheos

    Indeed. I was going to write the same thing. As the world surges forward into the 21st century, Lebanon lurches backwards into the 19th century. Soon, the government will start billing us by the watt-candle or horsepower instead of the watt-hour. That is the genius of the Lebanese. Wilkheir la eddem.

    March 13, 2014