By Jamal Adel.
Tripoli, 9 February 2014:
Power stations across the country are said to be at high risk of breaking down as . . .[restrict]they run above normal capacity to make up for the 20-day closure of Sarir Power Station.
The manager of the Sarir station, Hashim Al-Malki, told the Libya Herald that North Benghazi power station and power stations at Misrata and Zueitina were at risk of failing, adding that any minor disruption or stoppage would plunge the country into darkness.
“Nearly all power stations across the country are at risk as they work to full capacity to overcome the deficit left by Sarir”, he said.
Spokesman of General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL) Lotfi Ghoma said that work at Sarir would not resume until safety for employees could be guaranteed.
The power station, 450 kilometres north of Kufra, normally produces some 450 MW, providing power principally for Benghazi and Tripoli. It has been closed since 20 January following the killing of three Libyan army soldiers in the surrounding area.
More recently the power station came under missile attack, allegedly from an army unit in which two turbines were damaged.