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Lebanese minister mulls new power plant.

Byline: Daily Star Staff

Summary: Energy and Water Minister Alan Tabourian said Wednesday that he was looking into the possibility of building a new power plant in Lebanon to reduce electricity rationing. Speaking to the Central News Agency, Tabourian said the government was studying this idea very carefully. He declined to give details on the location and costs involved.

BEIRUT: Energy and Water Minister Alan Tabourian said Wednesday that he was looking into the possibility of building a new power plant in Lebanon to reduce electricity rationing.

Speaking to the Central News Agency, Tabourian said the government was studying this idea very carefully. He declined to give details on the location and costs involved.

The minister said a delegation from the Energy and Water Ministry visited Cairo recently to negotiate the price of the Egyptian electricity which would be supplied to Lebanon.

He added that Lebanon still hoped to get a reasonable price for the Egyptian electricity.

Egypt has agreed to supply Lebanon between 150 MW to 350 MW of electricity. The high voltage lines would cross Jordan and Syria, each of which will also receive their share from the Egyptian electricity.

Currently, Lebanon produces less than 1,600 MW of electricity while its actual need is in excess of 2,300 MW.

The low power production has prompted Electricite du Liban to apply tough power rationing in most parts of the country.

The government has repeatedly said that it does not have the financial means to build new power plants.

Instead, the government is encouraging the private sector to build new electricity plants under build, operate and transfer contracts. - The Daily Star

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Publication:The Daily Star (Beirut, Lebanon)
Date:Oct 23, 2008
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