Libya’s Interim Government of National Unity (GNU) has announced that the German Siemens AG and the Turkish Enka Insaat ve Sanayi companies have commenced the actual implementation of the Misrata gas station project, with a total installed capacity of 650 megawatts.
The Spokesman for the government, Mohamed Hammouda said in a statement that this is part of the government’s efforts to end the electricity crisis in the country.
The project be dual-fuel fired using light fuel oil and natural gas-based on a power island configuration for SGT5-PAC 2000E Siemens combustion turbine generator (CTG) units. Electricity will be generated in the CTG’s and stepped up through main transformers on the national grid.
The General Electricity Company of Libya, GECOL said the project will enter into commercial operation before the summer of next year. It added that it will rely on the project to plug power deficits and reduce incessant power outages.
Libya has been witnessing infrequent blackouts, because its infrastructure does not generate sufficient capacity to meet. Power usage significantly increased as more residents use AC units due to heightened heatwave. Overall supply has dropped as power stations struggle to keep up with demand, while tackling intense heat and other technical challenges.