By Sami Zaptia.
London, 10 November 2020:
Due to the poor security situation in Libya over the last nine years as well as the recent Covid-19 pandemic, there has been an absence of foreign technicians in the country to conduct normal maintenance and refurbishment to imported products, machinery and equipment.
However, the Libyan Iron and Steel Company (LISCO) proudly announced today that its local engineers were able to dismantle the rotary shaft of the generator of the third unit in the LISCO’s power and desalination plant.
LISCO said that this was the first time this had been conducted by local engineers as it would have always been conducted by foreign specialist engineers in the past.
The Libyan engineers reported that they started the process of what they considered ‘‘the challenge’’ by dismantling in several stages, including the cover, the carbon brushes, and gears. Special equipment to clean, disassemble and pull the rotating shaft was also prepared. They admitted that it was not easy and that they faced some obstacles and difficulties, including the lack of equipment, but ultimately, they said they were able to complete the process in record time.
They stressed that LISCO’s native engineers and technicians are no less skilled and able to accomplish the work that was previously the preserve of foreign companies, only that the local elements need support, which is what they feel they got from LISCO on this occasion.
LISCO stressed that this work is only the beginning of a series of works that will be carried out in order to operate the third unit and enter it on the public network.