Cabinet recently endorsed energy plans focusing on power barges and the Deir Ammar 2 plant put forward by Abi Khalil.
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Hasbani was referring to criticism against Abi Khalil after Turkish power barge operator Karadeniz Holding was the only company to qualify for bidding three times in a row in a tender process for 850 megawatts of emergency power that began last spring. The company already operates two barges in Lebanon leased by the Lebanese government to provide 370 MW of power.Additionally, Abi Khalil said the 200 MW of "free" electricity he said was secured for the summer period would be facilitated by an additional power barge obtained during negotiations on the price reduction.Abi Khalil added the new barge would not be "for life," rather "just for the summer months," and would produce two extra hours of energy compared to last summer.Hasan Khalil had also commented on Cabinet's endorsement of a plan for Abi Khalil to renegotiate a contract with the company tasked with building the second phase of the Deir Ammar plant in northern Minyeh-Dinnieh, known as Deir Ammar 2 .The new contract includes a long-term power purchase agreement in which Abi Khalil said the price of a kilowatt-hour of electricity was lowered from 4.2 cents to 2.95 cents.
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