First of Turkish power barges arrives in Lebanon
New plant could provide up to 205MW to support national grid upgrades
Lebanon’s Daily Star newspaper has reported that the first of two Turkish electricity barges has entered Lebanese waters. The temporary power plant, which has been a feature of news reports from the country’s electricity sector for several months, is set to provide up to 205MW of capacity to help support network repairs and upgrades across Lebanon.
The plant is owned by Turkey’s Karkey Karadeniz Elektrik Uretim, and is part of a reported US $360 million, three-year contract to lease the electricity barges to Lebanon. Preparations are reportedly already underway to receive the second barge, which will collectively generate 270 MW of power when connected to the grid.
Lebanon’s grid is currently suffering from regular, severe power shortages, with consumption of over 2,400 MW often exceeding the 1,500 MW of installed capacity. Recent news from the country has included a reported $85 million loan from the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development which will help fund upgrade works at Lebanon’s Zouk and Jiyyeh power facilities.