BEIRUT: Lebanon’s state-owned electricity company announced Friday that it would limit its production this summer, providing only 13 hours of electricity per day, due to the Cabinet’s recent budget cuts, by closing two plants and limiting the third’s operations.
Electricite du Liban released a statement saying that it would stop the production at the Tyre and Baalbek plants due to their high operating costs.
However, the equipment of the plants in Tyre and Baalbek will not be dismantled, EDL explained. They will be kept in reserve in case of any problems at the Jiyyeh plant.
Production in Jiyyeh will be limited to only 100MW, according to the statement.
“EDL will limit the network’s productive capabilities to a fixed amount of 1,550 Megawatts from July 1 to Sept. 10," the statement said.
Lebanon's total demand is estimated at 2,700 MW.
The decision means that power cuts will rise to 11 hours a day across the country, except in the capital, which will continue experiencing only three hours a day of blackouts.
The statement also said that Lebanon would “stop importing electricity from Syria except in cases of necessity.”
The announcement comes after a Cabinet decision to limit the electricity sector’s budget for the second half of 2014.
“We call on citizens to understand need to achieve balance between the need for electricity production and the sensitive situation of the public budget,” the EDL said.
The statement reassured Lebanese Muslims that EDL would maximize efforts "to ensure the availability of electricity during the iftar and shour times during Ramadan."