Prime Minister Abd Alhameed Aldabiba held an expanded meeting last Wednesday with the Chairman of the General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL) and the directors of the general departments of the company, in the presence of the Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, Adel Jumaa.
The meeting reviewed the conditions of the state electricity network and the projects and programmes approved for its development.
Plan prepared for summer peak demand
The government reported that the various managers of the company’s production, consumption, transportation and control departments presented the technical measures they have taken to ensure the stability of the network, and the plan prepared to face the summer peak season for electricity consumption.
GECOL’s plan succeeded in end winter power cuts
GECOL’s Chairman, Mohamed Mashay thanked the Prime Minister for his support and follow-up on the company’s plan that he adopted, and for providing administrative and financial support for its success. He explained that the results of the plan appeared during the current winter peak that passed without interruption or load-sharing after citizens had faced hours of power cuts during the past years.
Mashay appointed after widespread power cuts in 2022
It will be recalled that Mashay had been appointed by Aldabaiba in July 2022 after sacking his predecessor Wiam Alabdali following widespread and lengthy power cuts. Aldabaida had promised that there would be no meaningful power cuts by 2022.
Aldabaiba got it wrong on electricity
Critics said Alabdali was used as a scape goat to cover for Aldabaiba’s hasty promise that there would be no power cuts by 2022. Aldabaiba later admitted publicly that he misunderstood and underestimated the complexity of Libya’s power cuts.
During the meeting Aldabaiba extended his greetings and appreciation to all technicians and engineers working in all regions of Libya for their efforts to stabilize the network despite the exceptional circumstances.
In conclusion, the government reported, he stressed the need to take several steps, the most important of which are:
- Reducing consumption by implementing the prepaid meters project, given that increased production is being offset by an increase in consumption.
- Paying attention to power distribution projects that have been stalled for many years.
- Providing a vision to support the technical elements actually operating in the sites through financial advantages in appreciation for their efforts.
- The need to complete the technical procedures related to connecting the new stations to the network.
- The need to hold a monthly meeting to follow up on the plan that adopted in the middle of last year.