Libya Plans Tobruk Power Plant, Revives Stalled Ubari Project

Libya finally appears to be looking to the future with new power infrastructure planned to ease chronic blackouts. Good news, except for the fact that the awarding authority is not the state power firm but seemingly a rival upstart.

Libya’s fractured authorities plan to push ahead with two power generation projects, despite political struggles that have seen the country without a unified government for six years and energy sector investment stagnant.

Greece’s Metka has announced an agreement with the General Authority for Electricity and Renewable Energy of Libya (Gaerel) for a 500MW gas/oil fired power plant at Tobruk. Gaerel appears to be a rival to state generator General Electric Company of Libya (Gecol) set up by the Tobruk-based House of Representatives, Libya’s internationally recognized parliament.

Metka says Gaerel awarded it a $380mn engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for a 500MW plant comprising three General Electric gas turbines, which are scheduled to be built within 9-11 months of the contract being finalized. (CONTINUED - 513 WORDS)