By Libya Herald reporters.
Tripoli, 25 July 2017:
A power cuts protest has been called for Friday evening in Tripoli’s Martyrs’ Square as the capital struggles to live without electricity for up to nine hours a day.
The anger is focused on state power provider GECOL, as much for its poor public relations as for its inability to supply electricity.
“They never give seems to give the real reasons for the cuts” one angry consumer told this newspaper.
“Sometimes they claim they are due to high temperatures but when it is cold, there is still no power. Before Ramadan they were saying the cuts were because there was insufficient gas for the power stations. But then the National Oil Corporation (NOC) said that it had actually increased the gas supply to GECOL. We don’t want excuses, we just want electricity”.
Monday’s opening of 60MW of new capacity at West Tripoli power station by GECOL boss Ali Mohammed Sassi appears not to have made the appreciable difference he promised.