Lebanon: Power supply back online after army steps in

Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“The lights are back on in Lebanon after a complete shutdown on Saturday according to the country’s Energy Minister Walid Fayad. Speaking to state news agency NNA, Fayad said: ‘The grid has returned to its normal work.’ Two of the country’s main power plants ground to a halt as fuel stocks ran dry, plunging the country into darkness. Saturday’s shutdown came as the al-Zahrani and Deir Ammar power stations stopped operations as diesel supplies ran out. Fayad said on Sunday that the army had fronted 6,000 liters of its own fuel reserves to kickstart operations on the plants for the next three days. The minister also said that the central bank had approved $100 million in credit for fuel imports from Iraq. Lebanon is in the eye of an economic meltdown, with high living costs, unemployment and rising poverty levels.” (10/10/21)