On Tuesday, the General Electricity Company in Libya (GECOL) announced the theft of 3,400 meters of high-voltage wires in a number of areas, according to a statement.
The company explained that the theft included the distribution departments of Sof Al-Jeen, Al-Ajaylat, and Bir Al-Osta Milad.
Last month, Egypt’s Minister of Electricity, Mohamed Shaker reiterated Cairo’s readiness to begin implementing the agreements signed between Egypt and Libya.
Shaker said that they are ready to help Libya rebuild and rehabilitate its electrical network. He stressed the Egyptian companies’ readiness to resume work as soon as security conditions improved.
He referred to the Egyptian efforts to find urgent and quick solutions to the electrical problems in Libya. These solutions include installing quick generating units in places that suffer from a shortage of electricity. As the units can reportedly be transferred from the Egyptian national grid in record time.
He also explained that they will be installed and operated to ensure that the electricity requirements of the Libyan people are met.
The Minister highlighted the existing exchange in electricity between the two countries. Egypt currently supplies Libya electricity at the maximum capacity of the current interconnection lines.
Shaker noted that studies and discussions are being undertaken to raise the capacity of the interconnection lines. This will allow Egypt to export large quantities of electricity to the Libyan grid.
He added that this could be achieved in a short period due to the availability of connection lines, the existing routes, and various network components.