Residents in eastern Libya suffered a six-hour power outage on Monday following a glitch in the gas supply system.

The Libya Herald reported that the Benghazi and the Jebel Akhdar regions were affected as a result of a technical malfunction relating to the gas supply at Benghazi North power station.

According to state electricity company, the General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL) , problems with the supply resulted in “irregular combustion” at the power plant, the Libya Herald said.

Media added that station employees were evacuated and the turbines switched off as a precautionary measure. The problem has since been resolved.

The west African country has been experiencing severe power outages since the revolution in 2011, when power infrastructure was badly damaged.

Libya politics play key role in power supply

Earlier this year media reported that Libya has been experiencing power outages that can last for up to 11 hours in the capital city,Tripoli, and for 2-5 days in some parts of the South.

With no power, water distribution has been hampered in parts of the country, especially in the greater Tripoli area as the man-made river pumps at the water wells stopped running, media said.

The Libya Herald reported in June that electricity is being used as a political tool in Libya’s political conflict as some militias and criminals have deliberately disabled power for leverage.

They explained that numerous overhead power pylons have been destroyed as an act of political vandalism or for resell of the copper cables.

“The political instability and insecurity in the country has meant that foreign technicians are unable to visit Libya in order to carry out urgently needed maintenance.

“Whilst Libyan technicians are able to carry out a lot of this work, some work can only be conducted by the manufacturers/installers as part of the contract guarantee or because of its technical complexity,” the Libya Herald said.

 

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