A Roadmap to Strengthen Lebanon’s Power Sector
Lebanon has a large electricity supply gap of 1.5 gigawatts (GW), and power demand continues to increase at an estimated 5% per annum between 2018 – 2021 and at 3% beyond that through to 2030. Individuals and businesses across the country rely on private generators to address frequent blackouts.
GE has presented a comprehensive roadmap to bridge this immediate energy gap, address long term priorities and also strengthen the grid, which faces issues such as dilapidated networks and unauthorized connections.
The roadmap supports the Ministry of Energy and Water’s plan to improve the power sector from the point of generation to transmission, distribution and consumption. Under the roadmap, GE proposes to:
- Add up to 1.5 GW through fast power technology and new simple cycle power plants that are tri-fuel capable – able to run on heavy fuel oil (HFO), light diesel oil (LDO) and natural gas, as well as wind power plants that can help to generate clean energy, in the short-term.
- Increase power generation capacity by up to an additional 1.3 GW through new combined cycle power plants, the conversion of simple cycle power plants to combined cycle power plants so that more power can be generated from the same amount of fuel, and new wind power farms, in the medium-term.
- Bring online up to another 2.7 GW to meet the country’s energy needs through new combined cycle power plants and renewable energy facilities, in the long-term.
- Strengthen the grid through extensions to up to 6 existing substations and developing up to 17 new substations.
- Install an Integrated Energy Management system to allow the Ministry to identify losses in the network.
The roadmap was presented at a seminar held in Beirut, Lebanon on 13th November 2018, themed “Powering Lebanon Forward”. The event was held under the patronage of the Ministry of Energy and Water and attended by over 140 participants, including H.E. Cesar Abi Khalil, Lebanon’s Minister of Energy and Water, H.E. Elizabeth H. Richard, United States Ambassador to Lebanon, government officials, industry experts, power plant owners and operators, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors, developers, consultants and others.
GE’s technologies have been powering Lebanon’s homes and economy for decades, with the first GE steam turbine installed in the country in 1987 and the first GE gas turbines entering operations in 1996.
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