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Beirut eyes FSRU as power plans advance

Lebanon is planning to kickstart an ambitious gas-fired power expansion, but it must first answer questions over how it will integrate LNG supplies with the new plants Lebanon is planning to kickstart an ambitious gas-fired power expansion, but it must first answer questions over how it will integrate LNG supplies with the new plants.
By James Gavin 5 September 2019 Middle East & Africa / Supply & Demand 0 34546
The Beirut skyline. (Dominic Chavez/World Bank)

The key issue: After much delay, Lebanon’s government is set to launch tenders in September for new gas-fired power plants as it seeks to implement an ambitious plan to boost electricity generation capacity.

Interfax analysis: The Lebanese government will launch a number of tenders in September for newbuild combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) plants in a move to address power shortfalls that saw peak demand in the country outstrip supply by an average of 1.5 GW in 2018. 

However, the timing of this plan is difficult for Beirut. Lebanon’s...