By Sami Zaptia.
London, 30 June 2021:
Reacting to the severe criticism he has received over the last two weeks, Libyan Prime Minister Abd Alhamid Aldabaiba has taken a drastic measure to reduce the increasing power cuts.
In a dramatic move yesterday, he ordered that Libya’s Misrata-based Iron and Steel Company (LISCO) cease production in order to inject the 150 MW it consumes into the national network.
The move comes as Libya has witnessed extremely high summer temperatures over the last two weeks (high 30’s to mid-40’s centigrade) which have led to increased power cuts.
The increased power cuts have led to a rise in criticism of the Prime Minister, who it will be recalled had vowed to solve the power cuts problem.
As is the usual case with lengthy power cuts, it has had knock-on effects on mobile phones, internet and petrol supplies. Queues have started forming at some Tripoli petrol stations as a result of the lack of electricity to power their fuel pumps.