The third power barge from Karadeniz arrives in Lebanon, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Political interference is blocking Lebanon's residents from benefiting from a Turkish power barge ready to inject electricity into the undersupplied power grid over the summer months, multiple sources claimed Friday. The power barge Esra Sultan, operated by the Karadeniz Energy Group, which already has two barges in Lebanon, arrived mid-July. Its docking at Jiyyeh on the Chouf coast, where there is already one such barge, was originally delayed for four days. Now the barge is moving to Zouk Mikael, in the northern Kesrouan region, because Jiyyeh's technical capacities only allowed 35 MW of its 235 MW production to flow into the grid, a source from Electricite du Liban told The Daily Stay Friday."It's extremely sad how the electricity sector is being run," PSP MP Bilal Abdullah said.He alleged the FPM sought from the beginning to get the barge into its political heartland – Kesrouan and Jbeil – to benefit its supporters.Instead, Abdullah claims production at the plant was increased from 50-60 MW to 150 MW.The EDL source confirmed that, once docked in Zouk Mikael, the Esra Sultan's production will almost entirely benefit Jbeil, Kesrouan and Metn residents, giving them at least 21 hours of electricity daily.
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