File - Jiyeh power plant is seen in Jiyeh. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Proposals by a group of prominent investors to finance, build and operate small power plants in different Lebanese regions are not expected to see the light of day despite the urgent need to increase electricity production and reduce the financial burden on the cash-strapped state.Energy and Water Minister Arthur Nazarian emphasized that the EDJ proposal to build a power plant in Jbeil could only be approved by the Cabinet if it sold electricity to consumers at the rates charged by EDL.Nazarian said the Energy Ministry and EDL would only revise the prices of electricity to consumers once the power plants start providing electricity for 24 hours of a day.Former Energy and Water Minister Gebran Bassil submitted a five-year plan when he was in office which called for the construction of more power plants with a total capacity of 4,000 MW.Lebanon produces less than 1,600 MW of electricity although the country needs more than 2,500 MW to meet growing demand.
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