Turkey to solve Libyan crisis of electricity, thousand million dollars projects announced

Electrical substations in Libya

On June 29, the president of the General Electric Company of Libya (GECOL), Abdul Majeed Hamzah, had a long meeting with the Turkish ambassador to Tripoli, Serhat Aksin. During the talks, the two discussed the security situation of Libyan power plants, their maintenance, and the ways in which specialized Turkish companies will be able to help Libyans to resolve their electricity crisis.

Whole areas, in particular in Tripolitania and Fezzan regions, continue to suffer from the prolonged absence of electricity as happens every summer. This is in fact the period of the year in which the demand increases due to the use of air conditioners. This year the situation has been worsened by the damage of some infrastructure by the conflict between the armed groups of the Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Libyan NationalArmy (LNA), as well as the prolonged interruption of oil operations in the southern region of the country.

After military support provided to the GNA, Turkey is today studying new systems and projects to be implemented by its companies for thousand and thousand million dollars, including the installation of floating power plants. The Turkish company “Karparship” has announced negotiations to send its tankers to the Libyan coast, following a mission by the Foreign and Finance ministers, and senior officers from Ankara, in Tripoli, in mid-June, led by the Foreign and Finance ministers. The summit was also attended by a representative from Ziirat Bank, one of the most important banks in Turkey for the Muslim Brotherhood.

According to our sources, on that occasion, Serraj authorized a payment of 16 million dollars, for the compensation of Turkish companies damaged by the conflict since 2011, in addition to the salaries of foreign support staff. Without confirming the negotiations, the company Kerbarsheep has announced the possibility of sending floating stations by this summer, which will supply 1,000 megawatts, or eight additional hours of electricity per day for the country that suffers from frequent electrical outages.

The Turkish ambassador to Libya, SerhatAksin, presented Turkish companies with a vision for a partial solution to the electricity problem in Libya, proposing a series of interventions that contribute to the stability of the electricity grid, during the meeting with the CEO of the GECOL. Four years ago, Turkish oil tankers loaded coal, gravel or sand, but today they transport a power plant ready for operation within a few weeks to anywhere in the world. About 15 years ago, the “Carpowership” company worked to build floating stations by re-equipping ships for the transport of goods, today it has a fleet of 25 pieces and has become one of the leading companies in this sector.

This coincides with the growing oil exploration activities in Libya. In a conversation with TRT, Turkish Minister of Energy and Resources, FatihDonmaz, indicated that his country will continue oil exploration and extraction activities in Libya, adding that it plans to collaborate with the Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC). Donmez further explained that “the oil and natural resources that Libya enjoys should be used first to develop Libya and to obtain prosperity for its people”, then to pay the Syrian mercenaries that Ankara has sent.

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