The third power barge from Karadeniz, left, arrives in Lebanon, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Turkish company Karadeniz was delivering a third power barge to Lebanon, which will reportedly be free of charge for three months, based on a Cabinet decision made May 21 ."Our first choice was Zahrani and our second was always Jiyyeh, but it will be in Jiyyeh," Khalil told The Daily Star. He said Zahrani was not fully capable of hosting the barge. Karadeniz already operates two power barges in Lebanon, one of which is also moored off Jiyyeh while the other is off the coast of Zouk Mikael, each of them producing roughly 340 megawatts of power per day.The new 200 MW power barge from Karadeniz was expected to be plugged into the grid by Sunday according to statements from Khalil last week, and will make a small but welcome dent in the energy deficit, which leaves the country with less than around 20 hours of electricity coverage a day.
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