The Zouk power plant is operating below full capacity in a bid to conserve fuel.
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An official at the state-owned Electricite du Liban said Wednesday that power plants have been shut down to limit fuel consumption, warning that severe electricity rationing may have to be introduced if fuel subsidies do not reach the required level.If the Finance Ministry does not meet our demand to raise the allocations for fuel and gas subsidies then we have no other choice but to make further power cuts," an EDL official told The Daily Star.She added that so far EDL has not yet expanded power rationing but admitted that two or three power plants have been temporarily shut down in order to limit the consumption of fuel oil and gas oil. The minister insisted that increasing electricity production could cause EDL's deficit to increase to alarming levels, and for this reason he favored revising the electricity rates as the best choice.
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