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Lebanese power plan rejected

700MW power project on hold as MPs resolve dispute

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Lebanese power plant on hold during cost dispute. (Getty Images)
Lebanese power plant on hold during cost dispute. (Getty Images)

Plans for the construction of a 700 megawatt power facility in Lebanon have met with criticism after some MPs rejected have the project.

Put forward by Lebanon’s energy and water minister Jibran Bassil, the project would cost a proposed $1.2bn and has been rejected, despite the minister claiming it would cut power rationing by at least seven hours a day.

Concerns over the availability of the natural gas feedstock coupled with a dispute over the plant’s cost and ructions in the country’s parliament have led to the bill being rejected. It will be resubmitted to the cabinet this week and, pending approval, will be sent to parliament for discussion.
 

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