By Libya Herald reporters.
Tripoli, 19 July 2017:
State power supplier GECOL says it is shortly to bring online a brand-new substation in Ghariyan to replace damaged and looted infrastructure.
It said that it believed that the new unit would help end regular power cuts in the town. However the substation of itself is not going to be able to overcome excessive electricity demand in the west of the country which triggers power cuts.
GECOL said that part of its problem locally had been that both existing and newly-replaced cabling had been looted by metal thieves. The new transformers and switchgear would, it said, enable it to provide more reliable power to the town and the surrounding region.
However, it did not say what security measures had been put in place to prevent further thefts of high-value cabling.