The power ship, the Esra Sultan, left, arrives in Zouk Mikael, Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Three weeks after it first entered Lebanese waters, a Turkish power barge set to provide three months of "free" electricity docked in Kesrouan's Zouk Mikael Monday, though the conditions of its stay remain uncertain.Esra Sultan was expected to produce 235 megawatts of additional electricity to meet increased summer demand. Between 80 to 90 megawatts are set to be taken up by Kesrouan, some areas in Jbeil and some areas in Metn, while 30 to 40 megawatts will go to the rest of Lebanon. The barge's remaining roughly 100 megawatts of potential electricity, equal to about an hour of extra daily coverage for the power-starved nation, will not be used.Free Patriotic Movement MP Roger Azar, who Friday had congratulated the people of Kesrouan on soon having 22 to 24 hours of electricity daily, said Monday that he did not support taking the two Zouk turbines offline when the barge is present.
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