Lebanon is in danger of being blackened … Owners of generators stop working today

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Inas Shri wrote in “Asharq Al-Awsat” in an escalating step that threatens Lebanon with darkening once again. The owners of generators decided to stop work and turn off the generators in different Lebanese regions, starting from noon until the fulfillment of their demands to secure diesel in accordance with the official exchange rate and “raise the tariff of generators in view of Because the cost of maintenance has become very high after the dollar crisis, “according to the head of the private generator owners’ group, Abdo Saadeh.

In an interview with Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, Saadeh pointed out that diesel does not reach them and that merchants refrain from selling it to owners of generators “except on the black market,” adding that they will stop buying diesel from the black market, especially as they buy it at a double price (32 thousand pounds per 30 liters instead of 16 thousand pounds) and “therefore there will be no diesel available to them to power the generators.”
While Asharq Al-Awsat learned that some generators will not adhere to this decision, at least until they run out of the amount of diesel they have, Saadeh clarified that he expects a “major commitment” without denying the possibility of some of them being pressured to prevent them from abiding by the strike decision. He continued, “The matter will become de facto later on, given the high cost to the generator owners.”

While the owners of the generators complain about the lack of diesel, the Ministry of Energy insists on its presence and in sufficient quantities in the market, as Dr. Khaled Nakhleh, Advisor to the Minister of Energy Raymond Ghajar, asserts that, nearly two weeks ago, a ship carrying 35 million liters of diesel arrived and “ The largest part of it was distributed, while the remaining amount is being distributed, “noting” the arrival of two additional ships (the day before yesterday) carrying 60 million liters, “explaining that the process of distributing these new quantities began yesterday.
While Nakhla explained to “Al-Sharq Al-Awsat” that the owners of generators “suffer from problems in securing diesel fuel due to monopoly and smuggling”, he pointed out that “the role and responsibility of the Ministry of Energy ends when handing out the distributed companies the specified quantities” to begin the role of other ministries.
It is noteworthy that the Ministries of Energy and Economy had launched a new mechanism last week with the aim of reducing monopoly and smuggling and enabling the state to know the exact direction of diesel, and hold any monopolist or violator accountable by the relevant authorities.
The Director General of the Ministry of Economy, Muhammad Abu Haidar, said in a previous interview with “Al-Sharq Al-Awsat” that the results of this mechanism will start to appear in the coming weeks.





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