New summer means new endless episode of power cuts in Libya 

19 July 2018 - 16:31

Libyans are suffering from power cuts

19 July 2018 - 16:31

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 With the growing degrees of summer heat in Libya and some cities reaching over 45 Celsius degrees, people have been suffering from the bad services provided by the authorities, especially the General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL). 

GECOL has been the center of Libyans’ complaints and dissatisfaction as they are obliged to endure the power outages during the day and night of the long over-
heated summertime in the North African Country. 

Living conditions on a slid
 


The power cuts have been a very troubling crisis for all Libyans, who found themselves faced with long hours of no electricity, thus affecting the daily lives and the business of the citizens. Shopkeepers complained of damages inflicted on the goods they sell due to the long hours of power cuts and so did butcher’s owners and owners of other shops in Libya, who found themselves losing their business over the power outages. 

Other business owners were obliged to buy power generators in order to keep the electricity on for fear they could lose their goods and business over the long hours of outages, especially in Tripoli, where over 12 hours of outages had been registered. 

Power cuts during exams

Final exams for the secondary school certificate have begun in private and public schools under the control of the UN-brokered government.

The Education Ministry said in a press conference earlier that it had taken the needed measures to host 58.000 students in addition to invigilators and other staffers. The exams are being held in university auditoriums and high institutes’ classes, according to the Education Ministry.

However, students have been under an additional pressure by the power outages as part of the GECOL’s load shedding policies, especially in Tripoli, where families complained that the long hours of power cuts have been negatively affecting the preparations of the students to the exams. 



Cities refusal of power cuts

The families of students and most Libyans are upset at the fact that some cities and areas in Libya are refusing to commit to the load shedding and are receiving no power cuts or very few hours compared to Tripoli.

Al-Khoms, Kaam, Al-Ajilat, Grabulli and even Abu Salim within Tripoli are refusing to be included in the power cuts, thus leaving the other areas and cities angry at the unjust load shedding program, but GECOL said in a presser on Thursday that some parties are using force to stay outside the scope of the power outages. 

 



Protests against outages

Several Libyans took out to the streets on Tuesday in Ghout Al-Shaal, Hay Al-Andalus and other areas in Tripoli to protest the lingering of power outages and the long time they are taking daily, expressing extreme anger at the authorities, the Presidential Council 
and the GECOL. 

Protesters burnt tires on the streets and blocked man roads calling for a solution to their suffering.

The municipal officials of Hay Al-Andalus called on the GECOL administration to step down if they cannot work up to the demands of the people and cannot provide the necessary services to the people, promising to expand the spectrum of the protests until a solution is found. 

GECOL response

The General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL) has warned of an imminent blackout as it is quite likely that the power network would collapse over the lack of commitment to load shedding programs. 



GECOL said in a presser that the only solution to the power dilemma is load shedding so that the general power network can be saved from collapse as consumption hit 7000 megawatts while capacity is only 5200 megawatts. 

 

 

 

It said on Facebook Tuesday that some power plants refuse to commit to the load shedding including the Western Tripoli Station, Al-Zawiay and Al-Harsha Stations. It blamed all those who are not committed to its policies for the imminent collapse and blackout of the power network. 

The company indicated that to cover for the deficit at the power network, it received 100 megawatts from Egypt and Tunisia, adding that the attacks on the oil terminals and the shutdown of the exports badly affected the power network. 

“We 
promised that there would 7000 megawatts available for use during the summer of 2018, however; attacks and shutdowns, as well as other issues,
prevented that from happening.” The GECOL officials said in the presser. 

  

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