By Jamal Adel.
Tripoli, 22 February 2014:
Long awaited maintenance work has begun at Sarir Power Station and the Man-Made River (MMR) with . . .[restrict]hopes that the both will soon be working at normal capacity.
Water shortages began in the north, from Benghazi to Sirte, after power lines to the MMR from Sarir were brought down during clashes between rival Zwai and Tebu military units. Engineers were unable to make repairs due to renewed fighting and subsequent security fears until the arrival of the Benghazi’s Omar Mukhtar Brigade to pacify the area just over one week ago.
Spokesman for the General Electricity Company of Libya, Lotfi Ghoma, told the Libya Herald that maintenance began yesterday morning, specifically between Jalu and the northern and southern Sarir farms. He said that two transformers at the power plant had been replaced and that auxiliary generators would soon be up and running.
The head of Operations and Maintenance at the MMR Authority, Sami Al-Jahani, said that teams had immediately started to repair the damage but operations were gradual. One pipeline was now operational and maintenance was being done on several wells. [/restrict]