Power Barge Fatmagul Sultan Back to Full Capacity

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The Turkish ship Fatmagul Sultan has resumed power generation after the malfunctions were fixed, Électricité du Liban announced on Tuesday.

“Starting 8:30 a.m., the Turkish power-generating ship Fatmagul Sultan resumed producing electricity and its units were gradually reconnected to the grid, after it had stopped its production in late April,” EDL said in a statement.

“It is expected that all units will be put in service in the next few hours and will raise the vessel's production capacity to around 180 megawatts,” EDL added.

Informed sources had told al-Liwaa newspaper that the ship will resume operating at full capacity on Tuesday after the malfunctions caused by bad fuel had been fixed.

The sources said that the operator of Fatmagul Sultan has received the appropriate fuel that it was expecting since last May.

Media reports said in April that nine out of 11 generators had stopped functioning and that the barge was only producing 15 percent of its 188-megawatts capacity.

Al-Liwaa quoted EDL sources as saying that the state-owned firm is awaiting an official memo from Karadeniz on the alleged resumption of Fatmagul Sultan's operations.

Asked about a second power-generating ship, the sources said that the contract signed with the Turkish company states that the vessel should start operating on June 12 to provide an additional 82 megawatts of power.

But the ship hasn't set anchor in Lebanon yet.

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.

Electricity output reaches 1,700 megawatts on average in the summer at a time when the demand stands at 2,500 megawatts.

Comments 17
Thumb thepatriot 04 June 2013, 10:13

bravooo....bravooo....piece of junk!

Default-user-icon dd (Guest) 04 June 2013, 10:48

Thanks Bassil! enta mongoleh ou 3ammak mou3ak! ou BALAD!!

Thumb benzona 04 June 2013, 15:58

Eh walla.

Missing dddd 04 June 2013, 11:01

By the way Bassil's father was a Bank security guard before his son met 'Chantale Loto' and somehow he managed to steal from it. U can ask all over Batroun! and the apple doesnt fall far from the tree!

Thumb lebneneh 04 June 2013, 15:06

I don't give a damn about FPM but Bassil's father being a security guard is not an insult nor it is a proof of any accusation. It is only a proof of your retarded logic of attacking your political foes with anything and everything without even giving it a foes. Unfortunately this kind of rhetoric is common in Lebanon.

Thumb lebneneh 04 June 2013, 15:08

without giving a though! sorry for the typo!

Thumb lebneneh 04 June 2013, 11:34

I hope this will improve the electricity situation for the poor Lebanese!

Thumb thepatriot 04 June 2013, 12:53

"back at full capacity"... was it ever?

Missing dddd 04 June 2013, 13:17

discuss ideas not people FT! if your are 8March its ok, nobody's perfect!

Default-user-icon dd (Guest) 04 June 2013, 14:34

u post names and u say u r discussing ideas.. not on the level! and by the way dont judge my humanity u r not apt and dnt have the IQ!

Thumb lebneneh 04 June 2013, 15:31

Check ur post above...you only "discussed" bassil?! Please admit you are a hypocrite...Please don't call me M8 or M14 because I have no disagree with both!

Thumb lebneneh 04 June 2013, 15:13

No idea why my comment was removed...are people that ridiculous these days? reposted it anyway!

Missing phillipo 04 June 2013, 15:21

Maybe my maths isn't very good, but Mr. Bassil's must be much better.
"Electricity output reaches 1,700 megawatts on average in the summer at a time when the demand stands at 2,500 megawatts."
According to my maths this is a shortfall of 800 megawatts. The two barges will give 188 + 82 = 270 megawatts. So where will Mr. Bassil find the missing 530 megawatts.

Default-user-icon dddd (Guest) 04 June 2013, 15:21

for Aounis NO!

Thumb benzona 04 June 2013, 16:00

People should stop being selfish and turn off the AC. Then there would be enough energy of fridges, lights and small appliances.

Thumb benzona 05 June 2013, 02:18

I knew selfish people wouldn't understand.... Ah la la.... What a sad country.

Default-user-icon hakan (Guest) 07 June 2013, 02:09

hı why some of the the Lebanese people dont stop their demonstraditions against Turkeys interest in Lebanon. We are brothers nothing can chance this. best regars