A damning report by the Libyan Audit Bureau (LAB), made partially public last week, paints a bleak picture of the country’s power sector. At the end of what was a devastating summer of power cuts last year, the LAB found that Libya’s ‘available capacity’ stood at just 4.8GW compared to peak demand of about 7.5GW.

In theory, Libya has around 11.5GW of installed capacity. But years of war, a lack of maintenance, and mismanagement has left much of this redundant. The Bureau’s report said that out of 87 power generating units only 41 were working as of end-September 2020. (CONTINUED - 1225 WORDS)