A beach in Beirut polluted with oil spilled from the Jiyyeh power plant in southern Lebanon, as seen on Aug. 9, 2006. (The Daily Star/WikiMedia)
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Caretaker Energy Minister Cesar Abi Khalil said weather conditions were to blame after a power barge was prevented from docking in the southern coastal town of Jiyyeh Monday. The Turkish barge, which arrived Sunday, had been set to provide 200 megawatts of electricity a day. It was prevented Monday from entering the premises of Jiyyeh's power plant, where a second power barge also owned and operated by Turkish company Karadeniz Holding, has already been moored since 2013 .The failure to dock means that the barge, which according to Abi Khalil is set to provide the daily 200 MW of electricity for free for three months, has been unable to connect to the Lebanese electricity grid.Karadeniz already operates two power barges in Lebanon – the one in Jiyyeh and another off the coast of Zouk Mikael.
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