File- Electricity workers repair cables in Sidon. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Lebanon will experience a spike in electricity cuts this week unless fuel is secured for the country's power plants within days.This would result in the total loss of about 25 percent of Lebanon's energy production or roughly five hours of state-supplied power a day.Late last week, EDL already shut down one energy production unit at a plant in Jiyyeh and another at one a plant in Zouk Mikael, reducing the country's energy output by more than 320 megawatts.At the beginning of this week, EDL will be forced to shut off the two remaining functional units at the Jiyyeh plant and the one remaining one in Zouk, curbing production by an additional 180 MW or so, the source said.The tankers are carrying different types of fuel oil to power not only four Lebanese plants but also two Turkish barges that supply the country with 370 MW of power.Both plants were up and running again Sunday evening, the EDL source said.
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