The CEO of the General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL), Wiam Al-Abdalli, said the electricity network in the country is so weak and “doesn’t take any surprises”
Al-Abdali reached the highest level of power consumption in its history last week, hitting a high of 8125 megawatts while GECOL’s network total electricity generation was 5200 megawatts.
Al-Abdalli told the press that he expects electricity conditions will be improved next week with the cooling down of the heatwave that led to the increased power use in the last few days.
He said GECOL had managed to control the network during the heatwave this time unlike last year, adding that 2000 megawatts will be added to the network by the end of 2021 and 5200 megawatts by the end of 2022 as new units are being connected as part of GECOL efforts and maintenance work at different plants.
“Long hours of load shedding are driven by the need of maintenance at some power plants where damages and sabotage had been committed, let alone the accumulated debts of bills’ payments to be paid by users across Libya, which – when paid – can help support GECOL efforts.” Al-Abdali explained.