By Jamal Adel.
Tripoli, 18 February 2014:
The gas-fired Ruwais power station in the Jebel Nafusa is up and running again after a . . .[restrict]week-long blockade of a pipeline carrying gas from the Wafa field.
“The Ruwais power station is now back working on natural gas supplies,” the spokesman for the General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL), Lutfi Ghoma, told the Libya Herald today.
Since last Wednesday there had been disruptions and minor power cuts in different area in the west of the country after the pipeline was blocked, he said.
The power station was forced to operate using diesel until the blockade ended, he said. The Ruwais power station, which has a capacity of 900 Megawatts, is now generating 600 megawatts of power.
The plant was not operating at full capacity because two turbines were under maintenance, Ghoma said.
The gas supplies to the power station and to the Mellitah gas complex near Zuwara were cut last week when an armed group, thought to be Zintanis with a private agenda, turned off a valve on the pipeline.