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Lights on in Lebanon after fuel delivered to power stations

Robert Besser
14 Oct 2021, 13:38 GMT+10

BEIRUT, Lebanon: Officials report that power has been restored in Lebanon after the country went dark for 24 hours.

Lebanon's central bank has granted credit worth $100 million to purchase fuel and keep power stations operating, said the Lebanese energy minister, after the power grid shut down for 24 hours, with officials stressing it would take several days to re-start.

A lack of foreign currency in the country has also made it difficult to pay overseas energy suppliers.

Over the past 18 months, Lebanon has experienced an economic crisis and extreme fuel shortages that left half its people in poverty, crippling its currency and igniting major demonstrations.

On Saturday, Lebanon's two largest power stations shut down because of fuel shortages. But on Sunday, the state electricity provider said it was delivering the same level of power as before the outage.

Many Lebanese were only receiving two hours of electricity per day before Saturday's blackout, which caused the entire country to depend on expensive private diesel-powered generators for power.

The Lebanese army has since agreed to provide fuel to the country's power stations to ensure their ongoing operation until more fuel can be imported.

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