The headquarters of Electricite Du Liban in Beirut, Lebanon. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Lebanon could face harsher electricity cuts this summer if the government fails to revise a decision to reduce allocations to state-owned Electricite du Liban, a senior EDL official said Friday.Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil told a news conference that the 2014 draft budget had allocated LL3.56 trillion to EDL and this should allow the company to supply electricity to consumers without the need to make further rationing.However, the EDL official said the company had not yet received any official letter from Cabinet about the new allocations.For the time being, we will apply the new rationing plan based on the previous letter we received from the Cabinet," the official said.She added that EDL deficit may widen further once the two or three new plants start producing electricity at the end of this year.
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