- Title: Lebanon restores power supply after complete halt
- Date: 10th October 2021
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) RESTAURANT OWNER, MOHAMMED RIZK, SAYING: "We are surviving, we are spending from our savings and own reserves, after a while when our savings are over, we will not be able to continue. We cannot continue at all." WORKER PACKING MEALS AT RESTAURANT IN BEIRUT (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) RESTAURANT OWNER, MOHAMMED RIZK, SAYING: (SOUNDBITE STARTS WITH RIZK SHOWING CHART OF DELIVERY STAFF AT HIS RESTAURANT): "I used to have 33 persons working as delivery, now they are 9 or 10, maximum 11, this is not normal, situation is bad." WORKER CUTTING SHAWERMA AT RESTAURANT WORKER PREPARING POTATOES IN RESTAURANT VARIOUS OF GENERATOR OPERATING GENERATOR SWITCHED OFF EXTERIOR OF ELECTRICITY COMPANY VARIOUS OF CLOSED GAS STATION SIGN AT GAS STATION READING (Arabic): "DISTRIBUTION TO ALL AREAS, GAS OIL AND HOME GAS" GAS STATION FUEL TRUCK PARKED IN FRONT OF GAS STATION
- Embargoed: 24th October 2021 15:29
- Keywords: Electricity Generators Halt Lebanon Power Supply
- Location: BEIRUT, LEBANON
- City: BEIRUT, LEBANON
- Country: Lebanon
- Topics: Middle East,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA003EYKT5C7
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Lebanon's power supplies were back to normal on Sunday (October 10) after a blackout the previous day when the country's two biggest power stations shut down because of a fuel shortage, the Energy Ministry said.
The closure piled further hardship on Lebanese struggling with job losses, soaring prices and hunger wrought by the country's worsening financial meltdown.
The ministry said it had received central bank approval for $100 million in credit to issue fuel import tenders for electricity generation, adding the country's grid had resumed supplying the same amount of electricity as before the complete outage.
On Saturday, Lebanon's two largest power stations, Zahrani and Deir Ammar plants, shut down due to fuel shortages, bringing the Lebanese power network to a complete halt.
The Lebanese army agreed on Saturday evening to provide 6,000 kilolitres of gas oil distributed equally between the two power stations, the state electricity company said in a statement reported by the official National News Agency.
Lebanon has been paralysed by an economic crisis that deepened as supplies of imported fuel have dried up. The Lebanese currency has fallen by 90 percent since 2019.
Many Lebanese normally rely on private generators that run on diesel, although that is in short supply.
(Production: Issam Abdallah, Alaa Kanaan)
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