Govt. OKs 3-Year Extension for Power Ships as Cost Slashed


The government on Monday approved a three-year extension for the contracts of the Turkish power-generating ships, as the energy minister lamented that there was an alleged plot to obstruct his electricity plan prior to the parliamentary elections.

“The decisions that were taken in this session and in the previous sessions indicate that all the talk about the electricity file has gone with the wind,” Energy Minister Cesar Abi Khalil announced after Cabinet's last session ahead of turning into a caretaker cabinet.

“A three-year extension has been approved for the power ships that are currently present in Lebanon, which also indicates that all the previous maneuvers were aimed at blocking the electricity plan before the elections,” Abi Khalil added.

“We have negotiated over the power ships and we have managed to obtain cost cuts for the next three years and additional 200 megawatts for free,” the minister announced.

According to information obtained by LBCI television, the Energy Ministry has reached an agreement with the Turkish Karadeniz Energy Group on dispatching a third ship to Lebanon's coast within a month in order to generate the additional 200 megawatts.

Comments 6
Thumb s.o.s 21 May 2018, 20:25

Elections passed, nothing changed. Thieves are still in charge!

Thumb extraterrestrial.alien 21 May 2018, 20:54

To be fair Minister extraordinaire Gebran Bassil must have agreed to a big big cut to his lucrative commissions and kickbacks. That must be how they managed to obtain the cost cuts for the next three years and additional 200 megawatts for free this time when they couldn't previously. The FPM and their allies have been in charge this portfolio since 2006 and Bassil himself directly or indirectly since before 2012 when they got the contracts for the power-generating ships.

Thumb whyaskwhy 21 May 2018, 21:21

These numbers are all smoking mirrors. Consider this that Lebanon needs to generate 16BB kWh per annum. That is correct 16 billion kilo watt hours per year! The extra 200 MW is also a strange figure as technical 1MW would provide power to about 160 homes therefore it would provide power to 32,800 homes. Either way the government will not be providing the nation with 24x7 electricity neither will the garbage issue be resolved. Why? because they can get away with it thats why!

Thumb thepatriot 21 May 2018, 23:06

More Money for the son in outlaw...

Thumb liberty 22 May 2018, 04:37

and they passed the 'deal' at the 11th hour..... Aoun better tell Hariri to include this deal as part of the government's accomplishments.

Missing sanctify 22 May 2018, 10:29

What a shame. Why it was blocked if they would approve the deal now?!?!?! Balad enkeyit and people pay the price of dealing with more power shortages. It just tells you the real reason why we've been dependent on private power generators for the past 20 or so years. Tfeh!