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Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Friday he would endeavor to provide 24 hours electricity to Lebanon through the construction of more power plants that run on gas.The Cabinet Thursday scrapped previous bids to lease power barges to improve electricity supply in the summer and demanded a fresh tender with new conditions, bringing the long-running issue back to square one amid ministers' rifts over how to handle it.Last month, the Finance Ministry signed a new contract with the Syrian government to increase the electricity supply by 300 MW.Hariri explained that the government would pursue three stages for the electricity plan: an emergency stage, an intermediate stage, and a long-term stage.Hariri has echoed the repeated remarks of many energy experts who warned that the government cannot keep subsidizing the prices of electricity indefinitely.The plan to boost electricity production at Deir Ammar was put on hold two years after the company upgrading the plant accused the government at that time of failing to pay some of its dues to the firm.
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