By Ajnadin Mustafa.
Tripoli, 2 June 2015:
The Ruwais gas-powered electricity station at Hawamid in the Jebel Nafusa has increased production with turbine No. 2 now back in action. It had been stopped for maintenance.
It means that three turbines at the 900-megawatt (MW) power station are now working. According to an official, the other three are still under maintenance. Two, however, were expected to be back in operation within a fortnight, before Ramadan.
The repairs should reduce power cuts at a time consumption outstrips demand production. According to state electricity company GECOL’s latest statistics, there is a 150 MW shortage. National output is 4,500 MW? while demand is 4,650 MW.
However, the sole turbine installed and working at the Khaleej Steam Power Station in Sirte is now not operating, according to the Libyan news agency LANA, because of a shortage of fuel. It has been adding 175 MW to the national grid.
The fuel shortage is because of the attack last week by LNA aircraft on the oil tanker Anwar Afriqiya.
Meanwhile, exasperated by electricity cuts, the town of Ghurayfa, east of Obari, has decided to install its own generating system.