Beirut, 9 October 2021 (dpa/MIA) — Lebanon’s electricity grid totally collapsed on Saturday after the two main power stations ran out of fuel, worsening the country’s energy crisis.
The al-Zahrani and the Deir Ammar power stations stopped operating on Friday and Saturday after diesel supplies ran out, Lebanon’s state-run electricity firm, Electricite du Liban (EDL), said.
“This has led to a complete fall in the grid without the possibility of restoring it for the time being,” EDL said without giving further details.
The failure is expected to continue for several days, a government official said.
Even before the collapse, the state provider was supplying very little electricity daily and had warned of the collapse two weeks ago.
Lebanon now is operating on 200 megawatts only, Marc Ayoub, an energy researcher at Issam Fares Institute of the American University of Beirut, told dpa.
Power cuts have recently been frequent in Lebanon, pushing many people to rely on expensive private generators.
Lebanon, which is suffering through its worst economic crisis since its 1975-90 civil war, is facing a severe fuel shortage putting the health and other vital sectors in the small Mediterranean country on the brink of collapse.