BEIRUT: The Turkish electricity barge Orhan Bey was Tuesday successfully connected to the Jiyyeh power plant and started supplying energy. It will be providing more than 82 megawatts to the Electricite du Liban plant as part of the “Power of Friendship” project, an initiative aimed at pumping more electricity into the overwhelmed Lebanese grid.
The boat arrived in Lebanon on Aug. 13, but has taken several weeks to properly install.
“Karadeniz Powership confirms that, with the presence of EDL and third party international experts, successful operational tests have been conducted on Sept. 3 for the generators and connection systems aboard the powership anchored facing Jiyyeh, making them fully ready for electricity generation,” a company press release said.
The company now operates two powerships in Lebanon.
Fatmagul Sultan, which generates around 180MW, arrived in Beirut in March but was unable to operate between April and June.
The arrival of Orhan Bey completes the agreement for Karadeniz to supply Lebanon with an extra 270MW.
Yet despite the presence of the two power boats, Lebanon has experienced severe power rationing this summer. EDL has attributed these cuts to damage at some power plants across the country.
Caretaker Energy and Water Minister Gebran Bassil promised last year to have 15 hours of electricity a day this summer, but this pledge has not materialized, with production falling sharply in most plants due to the need for repairs.