Most if not all of Lebanon’s aging power plants run on gas oil instead of natural gas or other cheaper energy sources. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Lebanon's electricity rationing is expected to worsen this summer if the prices of oil continues to exceed $60 a barrel, an Electricite du Liban official warned Thursday.The official added that now that a barrel of oil is close to $80, this will put pressure on the company to increase electricity rationing this summer. The EDL official said current electricity production is around 1,700 megawatts while the actual consumption is over 3,300 MW.The official said that even if the Deir Ammar power plant is upgraded by an additional 400 MW, EDL may not operate it as it would increase the company's deficit.The EDL official revealed that Lebanon is no longer receiving electricity from Syria due to the rise in the prices of oil.EDL is tasked with signing the contract.
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