Tripoli, 22 September 2013:
GECOL engineers are still working to restore power to agricultural projects, after thieves brought down 20 transmission poles . . .[restrict]in the Jalo region, so that they could steal copper cabling.
The electricity company said today that they expected the work to be completed within 48 hours. The theft, which happened last Thursday, is only the latest in a string of such crimes, which GECOL says are imposing a major financial burden on its operations. In addition, says the company, deploying engineers to replace stolen cabling and sabotaged transformers, means that these specialist staff are not available to join in programmes to upgrade the whole electricity network, so impacting on every Libyan household and business. [/restrict]