According to a Lebanese government official, electricity production has completely stopped in the country after the last two functioning power plants ran out of fuel.
Ahmed Abbas, director of the Al-Zahrani plant affiliated with Lebanon’s Ministry of Energy, told, “The current production of Electricité du Liban is zero.”
The lack of foreign exchange needed to import fuels is related to the crisis, Abbas said.
Electricité du Liban announced on Thursday that the last two fuel functioning plants of Deir Ammar, located in the north, and Al-Zahrani, situated in the south, had stopped working after running out of fuel.
In total, Lebanon has seven power plants.
The two plants are expected to resume power production on Tuesday or Wednesday after securing the import of a fuel shipment, Abbas indicated.
Due to insufficient fuel needed for power generation, in addition to a sharp rise in the prices of derivatives due to the collapse of the lira, and the lack of foreign exchange needed for imports, Lebanon suffers from a severe shortage of electricity supply.