USAID-GECOL Discuss “Fair” Electricity Cuts for Libyan Cities

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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced its cooperation with the General Electricity Company in Libya (GECOL) to develop an operational plan aimed at stabilizing the Libyan grid.

The plan also aims at aligning the Libyan grid with the Libyan Emergency Network Stabilization Program, as part of an international multi-donor initiative.

According to the USAID statement, the plan targets fair and equitable electricity distribution at the municipal level. Electricity will be cut off “fairly” for short and limited periods. As well as negotiations with the top consumers to divide their activity in off-peak hours.

The US Agency stated that GECOL improved the average daily electricity production by 10.5% in the first quarter of 2022, compared to the same period last year.

It confirmed that the electricity grid is facing additional pressures from high temperatures during the summer. “USAID is organizing workshops to help national grid operators address the gaps in supply and energy transmission effectively between the east and west,” it added.

Notably, the Chairman of Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC), Mustafa Bengadra said that the priority of the NOC is to supply gas to local power stations in all Libyan regions.

He held a meeting with the Chairman of General Electricity Company in Libya (GECOL), Mohamed Omar Al-Mashai and the Chairman of the Renewable Energy Authority, Abdul Salam Al-Ansari. They discussed the challenges and difficulties facing the energy sector in Libya.

“During the meeting, aspects of joint cooperation between GECOL and the NOC were discussed. The two sides also discussed ways to ensure gas supplies for power stations, and the development of optimal solutions to meet these challenges,” the NOC said in a statement.

The possibility of investing in renewable energy projects, and generating electricity through alternative energies were also reviewed.