Abi Khalil from Baabda: No blackout as fuel secured

Caretaker Energy Minister, Cesar Abi Khalil, on Monday announced that power barges have secured the needed fuel to save the country from a blackout that was feared as Zouk and Jiyyeh power plants were expected to turn off this week.

“I have notified the President of the Republic that the power barges will start supplying fuel as of today; and there will be no electricity cuts,” Abi Khalil told reporters following a meeting with President Michel Aoun at Baabda palace.

During the meeting, Abi Khalil informed Aoun of the solution reached to fulfill the country’s fuel needs and the measures that had been taken to curb the electricity crisis.

The Minister also indicated that he had updated the President about the Algerian side’s readiness to continue providing the needed fuel supply.

“The President appreciated the Algerian position and contacted Prime Minister-designate, Saad Hariri, who in turn, highly valued the initiative of Sonatrach company,” Abi Khalil said.

Source: National News Agency