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Libya: Theft, vandalism and delays exacerbate power deficit

Libya is enduring what has become an annual summer power supply crisis. The gap between supply and demand has grown to its highest level since the crisis began. On 7 August, General Electric Company of Libya (Gecol) estimated that peak load was approximately 6,950MW while maximum generation capacity was 5,100MW, leading to a deficit of 1,850MW, considerably more than in 2016. Last year, available capacity was 4,600MW-5,000MW while the maximum load was approximately 5,700MW-6,000MW, resulting in a deficit of between 700MW and 1,400MW.

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