Turkish workers attach the vessel Orhan Bey at the port near Jiyeh power plant, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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A malfunction at the Jiyyeh power station Monday afternoon led to a nearly nationwide power cut, including in the capital Beirut, Electricite Du Liban said.EDL, formed in 1964, is faced with a $1.5 billion to $2 billion deficit annually, failing as a result to provide 24 hours of electricity.The eastern city of Zahle however successfully decentralized its power sector and managed to provide itself with 24/7 electricity last year.Founded in the early 1920's, EDZ has proven to function better than the state's EDL: 90 percent of bills are collected as opposed to only 55 percent by EDL, and the company only succumbs to 5 percent of technical losses as opposed to 40 percent for the state.
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