By Sami Zaptia.
London, 6 January 2021:
The lack of security and budgets hinder the supply of gas by the National Oil Corporation (NOC) to the General Electricity Company of Libya’s (GECOL) power stations, it was revealed yesterday.
The revelation came during a meeting held yesterday between the NOC and GECOL at the NOC’s headquarters in Tripoli to discuss ways of cooperation between the two to supply power stations in various parts of the country with adequate quantities of natural gas to ensure their continued operation.
The meeting headed by NOC chairman, Mustafa Sanalla, and his GECOL counterpart, Wiam Al Abdali, touched upon the difficulties and problems that hinder the supply operations, as well as the impact of the security situation and scarcity of budgets on the completion of development projects on both sides.
Sanalla confirmed that the NOC is working to solve all difficulties related to operating electrical stations to provide citizens with electric power. He explained that the NOC is making every effort to develop gas fields and is working diligently to provide the needs of major consumers, noting that failure to approve the necessary NOC budgets may stand in the way of these projects and thus the inability to fill the deficit in the power stations.
Sanalla suggested to GECOL that it should focus on alternative energies projects such as solar energy, especially in areas far from the gas pipeline network, and that would be a suitable alternative to provide electric energy at low costs.
Ambitious projects will bridge power generation deficit
For his part, GECOL chairman Wiam Al-Abdali said “We have important projects that will work to bridge the deficit in electric power and we are striving to implement them in cooperation with the National Oil Corporation, and we have ambitious goals that will be achieved, God Almighty willing, with continuous and joint cooperation between the two sides, of course.”