By Libya Herald reporters.
Tripoli, 7 February 2017:
Engineers are beginning to restore power and water supplies in Sirte, despite the risks from unexploded ordinance.
Last night GECOL completed repairs which restored electricity to more than a hundred apartments in the town’s “700” neighbourhood. As the power comes back on so too are the local phone and internet links which rely on the mains.
An Italian tanker delivered some 30,000 tonnes of oil to Sirte’s Khaleej power station over the weekend. Since IS terrorists retreated from the partially completed power plant in the summer, engineers have been trying to get its existing turbines working. It was only in October that the first 150MW generating set was finally running properly. GECOL has insisted is committed to bring the Gulf Station on stream as quickly as possible so its production can be fed in to the western part of the national grid.
Meanwhile water engineers have been relaying pipework damaged in the battle for the town. Diggers have uncovered damaged water mains for repair. Attention is also being paid to water towers that were shot up during the fighting.