Lebanon’s two main power plants were shut down on Saturday after their fuel oil stocks ran out.
In a statement, the national company Electricité du Liban (EDL) announced that after “the Deir Ammar power plant was forced to stop its electricity production yesterday morning due to the exhaustion of its diesel reserves, the Zahrani power plant also stopped this afternoon for the same reason. This led to the total collapse of the grid with no possibility of restoring it for the time being.”
The day after the blackout, the army delivered diesel fuel to the two power plants, which allowed a partial resumption of power, for a few hours depending on the region.
Saturday’s blackout was the second incident in Lebanon since the beginning of the month. On 23 September, the EDL had warned of a blackout, caused by the shortage of fuel.