Algeria – Lebanon almost knew a general electric shedding due to a fuel crisis that has lasted for a few days. Thanks to an agreement with Sontrach, a first shipment of fuel will be delivered on Monday to Electricité du Liban (EDL), avoiding the blackout in cedar country.
César Abi Khalil, Lebanese energy minister, announced that the current rationing imposed by EDL should not extend over time. A solution to the fuel supply of electric power generation units has been found with the Algerian company Sonatrach.
"We are clearly announcing that the supply of EDL in fuel oil will continue. We can assure you that there will be no additional rationing of the current. The ships carrying oil, present off Zouk and Jiye, will deliver their cargo today, and other boats should follow, "he said, according to Orient Le Jour.
At the same time, according to the same newspaper, Lebanese Prime Minister Sad Hariri informed President Michel Aoun from Paris of his talks with the Algerian authorities.
Interviews that have apparently resulted in an agreement as two cargo ships from Sonatrach will transport the fuel to Lebanon, according to the Lebanese official agency ANI.
Contacts should continue between the two countries in the coming days to find a final solution.
In recent months, EDL, which holds a monopoly on electricity production in cedar country, has faced a series of difficulties.