The Media Spokesperson for the state General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL), Weam Al-Tayeb, told Libya Herald, in an exclusive interview, that the first unit of the Zueitina gas-powered station has been restarted after the completion of the maintenance works supervised by Algec Company.
Algec for Energy company was established in the 2004 as a joint venture company between GECOL and Alstom (then General Electric). The company provides gas and steam turbines maintenance services.
Algec-GECOL service agreement
The Zueitina power station has a capacity of 50 megawatts. The maintenance comes within the support agreement signed between GECOL and Algec, which will contribute to improving the network situation and increasing production capacity, the Spokesperson explained.
“The total capacity of the Zueitina station is 560 MW, which was introduced to the public electricity network in 2010 and continued to work until it stopped and partially went out of work seven years ago due to the absence of maintenance work as a result of the state of instability during the past years.”, Al-Tayeb added.
Work is still underway to maintain the rest of the units according to the maintenance plan.
GECOL continuing work across most stations to meet increasing demand
The Spokesperson revealed that all GECOL’s projects to meet the increasing demand for electricity, especially during the summer peak and high temperatures, were continuing. This included the new Tobruk gas powered station, the modernization and development work of the Benghazi North station, the Sirte Gulf steam station, the new West Tripoli gas station, the periodic maintenance of the South Tripoli station, and the continuation of work on the project to connect the Ubari gas station in the far south of Libya to the public network.
Wide international participation in developing Libya’s electricity infrastructure
Al-Tayeb said international energy companies from Korea, Turkey, Greece, the United States, Germany and Egypt are participating in all existing projects to develop and modernize the infrastructure of the components of the electric grid, starting from power plants to power transmission lines over a large geographical area.