Geagea to Aoun: Transparent Tendering is Solution to Electricity Problem

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The solution for the country's chronic electricity problem lies in conducting a “clear and transparent tendering process,” Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea said on Tuesday.

He was responding to remarks voiced earlier in the day by President Michel Aoun.

“President Michel Aoun's sympathy with people and his understanding of the magnitude of the electricity problem have caught my attention,” Geagea said in a statement.

“Mr. President, I fully share your opinion on the need to provide electricity in a temporary capacity pending the construction of power plants. As for the solution, it is very easy and I hope Your Excellency will personally endorse it, because this is the only way to achieve it,” Geagea added.

“The solution is to task the Public Procurement Management Administration (PPMA) with introducing the necessary amendments to the book of terms that had been devised by Elecrticite du Liban (EDL) and consequently carrying out a clear and transparent tendering process,” the LF leader explained.

He noted that the PPMA has “demonstrated, on several occasions, its technical professionalism and effectiveness as well as its full keenness on public money, transparency and uprightness.”

Geagea also pointed out that such a solution “can be achieved within a few weeks.”

Aoun had earlier in the day pressed the government to resolve the country's long-running electricity crisis.

“The issue of power ships was raised in the past and we heard a lot of responses. No one has said that Lebanon is obliged to rent ships but meanwhile no one has suggested an alternative source... I'm obliged to be frank with the Lebanese about this truth because I've promised them to be honest with them,” the president told Cabinet.

“All the previous debate has not led to a result. I want to provide people with electricity and I don't care how you get it done,” Aoun added.

Several government components have rejected a plan to rent power generating ships, citing cost and voicing concern over suspected corruption.

Chronic power shortages since the end of Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war have been a main source of grievance among Lebanese who have had to put up with daily cuts.

Comments 5
Thumb s.o.s 27 March 2018, 19:02

Show us all of your bank account in total transparency!!!

The ruling political class has become our 1% .... which, for 99%, comes from (stolen) public money.

Thumb gebran_sons 28 March 2018, 06:10

24/7 power in Lebanon is easily achieved by: First enact net-metering by requiring dual counters at homes with PV so no batteries are needed (consumers pay difference between generated and used power, improving system efficiency as solar power peaks when demand is highest for AC use); second, provide research money on renewable to all major universities (team up with start-ups); third enact 20% subsidy for renewable energy so for every Watt subsidized 4 Watts are generated by private sector quadrupling supply; fourth, create fast-charging network for EV cars with smart chips so EV batteries are part of the grid optimizing storage and peak usage. Since EV cars will soon dominate car market and useful EV battery life is 8 years with 50% residual power, integrating recycled EV batteries into the grid will insure 24/7 efficient power supply and in 20 years Lebanon power for homes, businesses and cars can be 100% from renewable with thousands of jobs created for the private sector.

Thumb gebran_sons 28 March 2018, 06:15

Regarding leasing ships (instead of buying) to generate power at 12 cents a KW, UAE signed a contract with Masdar to generate power from PV and renewable for 2.4 cents a KW, and Saudi is about to sign a PV contract for 1.8 cents a KW, while Lebanon is paying six times this amount for polluting ships with huge paybacks for corrupt politicians. At least renewable will help develop local industry to assemble panels, reduce pollution and imported oil, and help develop a clean network of fast chargers for electric vehicles.

Missing phillipo 28 March 2018, 11:00

As I've said before, blame the people who refuse to make peace with Israel. Jordan, The West Bank and Gaza all receive electricity from the Israeli National Grid, and so could Lebanon. Or perhaps this would then rule out the middle-men politicians from getting their huge sums of bribe money.

Default-user-icon Sam (Guest) 24 April 2018, 05:26

Gebran! Thats right. This is an engineering problem. Not a politician problem.