Lebanon plunged into darkness as electricity grid shuts down after running out of fuel – Daily Mail

Lebanon runs out of power: Country of six million is plunged into darkness ‘for days’ as electricity grid shuts down after oil-powered power stations run out of fuel

  • Lights go out in Lebanon as biggest two power stations shut due to fuel shortage 
  • Energy network unlikely to be restored for ‘several days’, according to officials 
  • Nation has faced many blackouts and shortages since end of civil war in 1990 



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Lebanon has no centrally-generated electricity after the country’s biggest two power stations shut down due to a fuel shortage.

‘The Lebanese power network completely stopped working at noon today, and it is unlikely that it will work until next Monday, or for several days,’ a government official confirmed today.

The thermoelectric plant has stopped at Zahrani power station, after the Deir Ammar plant stopped on Friday due after diesel supplies were reportedly exhausted.

Energy production in the country dropped below 200megawatts – which is only enough to power approximately 5,000 homes. 

The official said the state electricity company would try to use the army’s fuel oil reserve to operate the power plants temporarily, but that would not happen anytime soon. 

People on their scooters and motorcycles are pictured in June as they wait in a queue for petrol amid the shortage as Lebanon agreed a stop-gap deal with Iraq to supply usable fuel this summer

People on their scooters and motorcycles are pictured in June as they wait in a queue for petrol amid the shortage as Lebanon agreed a stop-gap deal with Iraq to supply usable fuel this summer

People on their scooters and motorcycles are pictured in June as they wait in a queue for petrol amid the shortage as Lebanon agreed a stop-gap deal with Iraq to supply usable fuel this summer

The country has been in the throes of an economic meltdown threatening its stability for the past 21 months. Pictured: Long queues for fuel in Beirut in June

The country has been in the throes of an economic meltdown threatening its stability for the past 21 months. Pictured: Long queues for fuel in Beirut in June

The country has been in the throes of an economic meltdown threatening its stability for the past 21 months. Pictured: Long queues for fuel in Beirut in June

Lebanon has no centrally-generated electricity after the country's biggest two power stations shut down due to a fuel shortage. [File pic]

Lebanon has no centrally-generated electricity after the country's biggest two power stations shut down due to a fuel shortage. [File pic]

Lebanon has no centrally-generated electricity after the country’s biggest two power stations shut down due to a fuel shortage. [File pic]

In July, the country of six million people agreed a stop-gap deal with Iraq to supply fuel in a desperate bid to ease the crippling blackouts and shortages of essential supplies.

The shortage has caused huge hours-long lines for basic goods spilling out on to the streets in what have been branded ‘queues of humiliation’ by locals. 

Many Lebanese normally rely on private generators run on diesel, although that is also in short supply.

The country has been paralysed by an economic crisis, which has deepened as supplies of imported fuel have dried up. The Lebanese currency has sunk by 90% since 2019.

Lebanon defaulted on its foreign debt last year and struggled to pay suppliers. The Central Bank has been limiting credit to purchases of basic supplies, including fuel and medicine. 

Residents have resorted to using expensive black market supplies as hundreds of local shops and businesses have folded.

The shortage has caused huge hours-long lines for basic goods spilling out on to the streets in what have been branded 'queues of humiliation' by locals

The shortage has caused huge hours-long lines for basic goods spilling out on to the streets in what have been branded 'queues of humiliation' by locals

The shortage has caused huge hours-long lines for basic goods spilling out on to the streets in what have been branded ‘queues of humiliation’ by locals

Medics move beds as a patients wait on benches in a hallway of the Rafic Hariri University Hospital as pressure mounts on hospitals

Medics move beds as a patients wait on benches in a hallway of the Rafic Hariri University Hospital as pressure mounts on hospitals

Medics move beds as a patients wait on benches in a hallway of the Rafic Hariri University Hospital as pressure mounts on hospitals

At times, people have queued for miles to fill up their vehicles, often resulting in chaotic scenes filled with violence. 

Blackouts have been a fixture in Lebanon since the end of its 15-year civil war in 1990, and the small country relies on imported fuel. 

But the problem has intensified as the government grapples with unprecedented financial problems, and considers lifting fuel subsidies. 

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