A Turkish company stopped providing Lebanon with electricity Friday, further exacerbating the country’s energy crisis.
Karpowership said it stopped operations at its two offshore power ships, the official National News Agency reported.
“We are acutely aware of the country’s ongoing energy crisis. During our eight years operating in Lebanon, despite all the challenges, we have done all we can to support the Lebanese people as the government addresses fundamental challenges the country faces,” said Karpowership in a statement obtained by the agency.
Karpowership began supplying Lebanon with electricity in 2013. The ships are located offshore near power plants in the coastal towns Jiyeh and Zouk. The reason for the stoppage is that the company’s contract with the Lebanese government expired, according to the National News Agency.
The decision will further reduce the dwindling supply of electricity in Lebanon, where people only have public power for a few hours a day. Lebanon’s wider economic crisis began in 2019, and the currency has lost more than 90 percent of its value since then. The COVID-19 further increased job losses, and then the August 2020 Beirut port explosion made the situation even worse. There is also a major fuel shortage, making it difficult to power generators when the public power is out. The Lebanese government has been unable to remedy the situation to date, leading to popular anger.