Even in the best of times, Lebanon’s electricity sector is far from exemplary. Its aged installed capacity relies entirely on low quality fuel oil and expensive gasoil and can generate just 2.05GW, leaving the country poorly equipped to meet average electricity demand of 2.8GW, let alone peak summer loads above 3.5GW.

To compensate, consumers separately pay private generating companies burning diesel to make up the difference: usually this typically amounts to three hours per day in the bustling capital Beirut and 12+ hours in the rest of the country. (CONTINUED - 1168 WORDS)