The state General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL) laid the foundation stone yesterday for the construction of the Tripoli South gas-powered electricity station, with a production capacity of 1,320 megawatts. The project is to be implemented by Turkish company Çalik Enerji, in cooperation with the Germany’s Siemens.
Commenting on the event, GECOL spokesman, Weam Al-Tayeb, told Libya Herald that the start of the implementation of the new Tripoli South power station near the old station in the Kremia area will contribute to increasing electric production capacity, increasing the stability of the network and avoid resorting to load sharing operations that the country suffered from.
GECOL’s development plan has vastly reduced power cuts
Over the past years, the implementation of GECOL’s plan of construction of new power stations, the resumption of stalled projects with the completion of high-voltage interconnection lines, have greatly contributed to improving the status of the electric network and to eliminating the scheduled load distribution during the past winter peak and the current summer peak.
Al-Tayeb indicated that the GECOL will study the country’s electricity needs and start constructing new generation stations, including the new Tripoli South station with a production capacity of 1,320 megawatts. This will enter service after the completion of its 15-month construction, in addition to the continuation of the implementation of the massive overhaul work plan.
Libya’s annual electricity consumption growth is over 10 percent
Al-Tayeb explained that the existing power stations must maintain production and network stability and meet the steady increase in energy demand. The expected annual growth in electricity consumption in Libya is over 10 percent, he explained, and this percentage will increase with the increase in population growth and the expansion of urban areas, construction projects across all sectors and industry.