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November 20, 2018

Although the government is working very hard to make large investments to update the outdated electricity infrastructure most Lebanese regions experience 10 to 12 hours of electricity rationing a day, and these power cuts increase dramatically in the event of malfunctions in any of the ageing plants. It is common for residents to pay additional costs for external generators to compensate for frequent power cuts. However, there is much hope and an obvious trend to increase the inclusion of the production of renewable energy as part of the implementation of the national electricity strategy.

In 2017, a 10-year reform plan proposed by the Minister of Energy and Water (MoEW) was approved by the Council of Ministers. The first phase of the plan involves the lease of two additional power barges from the Turkish company that already operates two smaller ships in Lebanon, and the activation of the two recently overhauled power plants with the aim of increasing electricity supply to 21 hours a day this year. The main idea behind the leasing of the barges is to give the MoEW more time to build new power plants that can provide all of Lebanon with 24 hours of electricity in the future. The two additional floating power plants will reportedly generate up to 890MW at a cost of US$340 million a year. The plan also envisions the construction of solar power plants in several areas in the country.

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