I recommend we rent another power ship (Let’s call it “Mohannad Sultan”) to supply Fatmagul with electricity and in turn power up the Zouk Power Plant. That way we will have double the cost and pollution.

BEIRUT: The Turkish operator of the power ship hired by Lebanon has cut its electricity production because of poor quality diesel, Electricite Du Liban and Karkey Karadeniz Elektrik Uretim sources told The Daily Star denying any failure on the vessel’s generators.

An EDL spokesperson told The Daily Star that the capacity of the Fatmagül Sultan dropped because of concerns by the operator over the quality of the fuel supplied “as well as other issues”.

Under the $360 million three-year contract signed by the Energy Ministry in 2012, the Lebanese government is responsible for supplying the fuel needed to run the ship. [Link]